Taichung

A guide to your cycling tour around Taiwan

Peak-to-coast tours in Taiwan’s top scenic areas Island-wide bicycle excursions
Routes for all types of cyclists Family-friendly cycling fun

This book is published by government in 2013. so some contact information listed here may need to be updated, but the roads remain the same and hope it can be helpful for your planning before arriving at Taiwan.

Download Here: Cycling Taiwan - Great Rides in the Bicycle Kingdom

This guide introduces 26 bikeways in 12 national scenic areas in Taiwan, including 25 family-friendly routes and, in Alishan, one competition-level route. Cyclists can experience the fascinating geology of the Jinshan Hot Spring area on the North Coast along the Fengzhimen and Jinshan-Wanli bikeways, or follow a former rail line through the Old Caoling Tunnel along the Longmen-Yanliao and Old Caoling bikeways. Riders on the Yuetan and Xiangshan bikeways
can enjoy the scenic beauty of Sun Moon Lake, while the natural and cultural charms of the Tri-Mountain area await along the Emei Lake Bike Path and Ershui Bikeway. This guide also introduces the Wushantou Hatta and Baihe bikeways in the Siraya National Scenic Area, the Aogu Wetlands and Beimen bikeways on the Southwest Coast, and the Round-the-Bay Bikeway at Dapeng Bay. Indigenous culture is among the attractions along the Anpo Tourist Cycle Path in Maolin and the Shimen-Changbin Bikeway, Sanxiantai Bike Route, and Taiyuan Valley Bikeway on the East Coast. Visitors can also explore the East Rift Valley via an extensive cycling route network formed by the Ruisui Bicycle Path, Dapo Pond Bikeway in Chishang, Yuli
Bikeway, Liyutan Bikeway, Guanshan Town Encircling Bicycle Path, and Longtian Bike Path, or experience the offshore-island charms of Penghu along the Magong City and Huxi bikeways.

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Weekend bike ride in Taichung

It had been raining a lot in the past week, and now finally a sunny day for us to take the road bike out again to do a little bit of training. 

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If you live in Taichung and cycling in the city a lot, these two places that we will ride should not be unfamiliar to you since they are very easy to access and the hilly part is famous among cyclists in Taichung. Check out the route map with the link below. 

https://www.bikemap.net/en/route/4005853-fazixi-bikeway-and-taichung-songsu-puo-squirrels-hill/

The FaZiXi bikeway is a biking route that is not popular to all family or commerciliazed as other main bikeways in Taichung, but it is special because it well uses the space under the Taiwan High Speed Rail trails.

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You can ride along the FaZiXi waterside and at the end of this bikeway, you will arrive at Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), where the multi-billion dollars of business are conducted and goods produced every year.

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There is a nice park inside CTSP where people can go jogging, biking, playing softballs, and many other lesiure activities. And you can see Taichung city from a higher point and knwing how well this city is developed. 

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Starting from this park, you will begin the challenge of climbing SongSu Puo (literally meaning Squirrels Hill), a 2.1km distance of average 5% steep climbing 114m and steepest part is 13%.

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There is a big black board for the challengers to sign off when they complete this.  

Cogratulation to whoever have done it witout stopping on the way up. 😎🎉

You can check out our Relive.cc video to find out how to plan your next ride in Taichung. https://www.relive.cc/view/997828275?r=ride

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Is it a dream or is it a challenge to cycling around Taiwan?

The most difficult part of biking around Taiwan is having the determination and self-confidence needed to do it. If you think that you lack either of these attributes, just remember the story of
King Liu, who is the president of Giant, the GIANT bicycle manufacturing company. He was eighty years old when he completed a twelve-day trip cycling around Taiwan. Of course, before you set out you should consult with your doctor; if he gives you permission, then you only need to worry about how much determination you have.

One of the advantages of riding around Taiwan is that you can determine your own itinerary, so if you feel tired you can take more time but if you feel strong you can ride longer. If you lack fitness or want to take your time for sightseeing, then plan for your round-the-island trip to take between seven and twelve days. If you average of about ninety kilometers per day, with an average speed of 20 km/h for 4-6 hours a day, you’ll reach your goal of riding a bike around the island in Taiwan.

iBike Tour: City Biking and Visiting in Taichung

Trip Overview

iBike is the public bicycle sharing system in Taichung that everyone can easily access. (therefore, knowing how to ride a bike is the minimum requirement for you to sign up for the tour). Come and enjoy this green biking tour to get to know some major attractions in this beautiful city.

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Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

What to Expect

At 9:30am, we will meet at Maple Valley Park iBike Station. Riding bikes along the roads of the city in an extremely slow pace, and enjoying sunshine and healthy exercise while discovering this young city in Taiwan. Our biking tour starts from the modern side of the city and then slowly move to the historical side of it, so you will see everything that you need to see to proudly tell others that you have been to Taichung.

We will be visiting or cycling by below major attractions in the city:

  • Maple Valley Park (Maple Garden)
  • National Taichung Theater (Taichung Metropolitan Opera House)
  • Wenxin Forest Park & Fulfillment Amphitheater
  • Museum of Natural Science and Technology
  • Calligraphy Greenway
  • National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
  • Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center
  • Taichung Park
  • Taichung Railway Station

There are convenient stores everywhere on the way, so no need to carry a lot of food or water supplies with you. Just come and enjoy and to have most fun out of this wonderful biking experience! In the end of this bike tour, we will sit in at the origin of bubble tea shop and enjoy a cup of famous Taiwan bubble tea.

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Taichung - Home of Bubble & Pearl Milk Tea

Chun Shu Tang, as we believe, is the first tea shop that invented bubble tea and creation of pearl milk tea. Therefore, it is a must to visit the very first shop of Chun Shu Tang during our biking tour of Taichung City. 

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During the 90s, there were tea shops almost everywhere in Taiwan and people enjoyed hanging out in the tea shop with a cold drink to simply chill our with friends, playing cards, or dating for the young couples. 

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The most important innovation of this bubble tea is that it has transformed an ancient tea drinking habit from hot to cold beverage which indeed attracts more people to appreciate tea. And the hand shake process of the iced tea, forming a layer of bubbles, makes the tea flavor released more quickly and taste more enjoyable. The milk tea, and the pearl and later boba (bigger size pearl) give more options to your tea drinking experiences (now way too much!!)

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After gaining its market in Taiwan, business people just have to spread the good things across the world, and it does make a great success all over the world. Just look at this photo which shows you the countries that have already selling bubble tea, but still nothing compares to its origin.

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Come to join our cycling trip in Taichung, and let us buy you a fresh made bubble tea from the first tea shop who invented this wonderful drink!

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Find out more about iBike Taichung City Tour

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Recommendation of another article about Bubble Tea Origin by Erin De Santiago -

The Origin of Bubble Tea in Taiwan

When you’re traveling in Taiwan, especially through Taipei, it might feel like there’s a bubble tea shop on nearly every corner. And, in many neighborhoods, that isn’t far from reality. Next to convenience stores on nearly every corner, bubble tea shops are everywhere. Taiwanese, and many of us who have moved to Taiwan, are obsessed with bubble tea, and not because it’s trendy around the world, but because Taiwan is credited with originating this refreshing drink.

If you head south of Taipei to the city of Taichung, you’ll find Chun Shu Tang, the shop where bubble tea is believed to have been invented. Liu Han-Chieh developed the idea of serving Chinese tea cold after a visit to Japan where he tasted cold coffee. His product manager, Lin Hsiu Hui, decided to pour her sweetened tapioca pudding balls into her Assam tea. That random, spur of the moment decision back in the late 1980’s, turned into a cultural phenomenon that spread around the globe.

So, what sets the seemingly endless stores of bubble tea apart in Taipei? Quality, of course. Everyone has their favorite vendor or chain, and you can absolutely taste a difference in the various teas. Some brands don’t cook the tapioca balls the right amount of time or the quality of the tea is not as good as other vendors.

Chun Shu Tang relies on its expertise and commitment to quality, which keeps their locations bustling. They continue to shake all their teas by hand versus blending. They use high-quality ingredients and rely on the fundamental aspects of the drink — the tea itself. In addition to hand blending, they use a refractometer to test the sweetness, allowing them to cater specifically to their customers’ needs. Visit one of their locations to learn more about Chinese tea or participate in a real tea ceremony — something I highly recommend on your Taiwan travels.

The variety of bubble teas available may be overwhelming if you’re never had one before. The most traditional is a regular Assam tea with tapioca bubbles. However, you can do fruit teas or green teas. Add tapioca balls, or fruit puree, jelly cubes, red beans, or a variety of other ingredients, which will vary by location and vendor. Moderating your sugar intake? Ask for full sugar, half sugar, or no sugar. Personally, I usually go for the standard bubble tea, but if I deviate, it’s usually for a passion fruit tea with puree and flavored jelly.

What’s your favorite variety of Taiwanese bubble tea? 

 

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National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung City, Taiwan

As one of the most heavily attended museums in Taiwan, and one of the most attended venues in Taichung, the Museum is in the distinguished company of the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung.

Across 9 exquisite hectares, the Museum is a five-venue complex housing the Space IMAX Theater, Science Center, Life Science Hall, Human Cultures Hall (the original Chinese Science Hall), and Global Environment Hall, plus the 4.5-hectare Botanical Garden, the 5-hectare 921 Earthquake Education Museum at Wufong, the 33-hectare Fonghuanggu Ecology Education Park at Lugu, and the 2.6-hectare Chelungpu Fault Preservation Education Park at Chusan. Over 50 permanent exhibit areas covering subjects on astronomy, space science, paleontology, ecology, gems and minerals, human cultures, tropical plants, and geology, the Museum is a place filled with hand-on exhibits that delights children and adults of all ages. As a matter of fact, the Museum is a major science learning center with over half a million school children visiting annually. In addition, rotating special exhibits are a constant occurrence to the Museum.

We will stop at this wonderful museum for about 45 minutes, so visitors could enjoy and relax a bit after first cycling hour. 

Find out more  about iBike Taichung City Tour

iBike Taichung - Video Intro

Taichung city is the third largest city in Taiwan. It had implemented public bicycle sharing system since three years ago and getting its poupularity more and more in these days. You can see a lot of people riding iBike on the street during weekends and students riding to school on the week days. Biking is the best pace to get around the city centers. So we created a biking tour that everyone can join and get to know this city here and there in just one day.