Taitung

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.

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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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A bicycle trip from Chihshang (池上) to Taitung City (台東市)

Taitung part of east rift valley are full of rice fields that grow high quality of rice we eat everyday here in Taiwan. Therefore, you should  spend more time strolling around the small roads in between the rice fields and to enjoy different views in different time of the year.

Luye is now famous to its summer hot-air balloons festival, but there are also paragliding if you are looking for more adventurous type of activities.  If you are more comfortable simply riding bicycles under the green tunnels, Luye has the right place for you as well since the whole town was well planned out and many trees were planted during the time of urban planning.

Taitung city itself has several bicycle only routes that you can connect from one place to the other. So before you head on for the delicious foods in the city, do not forget to ride your bike in one of those bike paths or visit the Forest Park. 

Cycling tour from Ruisui (瑞穗) to Chihshang (池上)

This could be the best part of cycling through east rift valley in Taiwan.

A lot of cyclists or bikers in Taiwan call route 193 the most beautiful route to bike in east coast since all the villages that it passes are not so well developed and have kept the origin of its natural beautifies. On this route, you may not find any amazing buildings or fancy parks made for tourists, but you can experience the peaceful and beautiful side of Taiwan.

After coming our from route 193, the ride continues to a bike-only cycling path that allow you stand on top of the Euroasia Plate and the Philippines Sea Plate at the same time. Enjoy your time strolling slowing and taking as many photos as you want to. A good spot for the great IG photos.

End this wonderful bike trip in Chihshang which is famous for its tasty bento (lunch box) and vast green rice fields where no electric poles are passing through.

A Route Planning Example within Taitung

Staying in Taitung City to enjoy the LOHAS and eat the local foods. Make sure you save some time for Taitung Forest Park which has bike paths within in and also a big lake where annual tri-athlon competition is held at. If you have more time to spare, maybe you want to leave your bike and take the 2-hours ferry to Green Island or Orchid Island where both are worth to visit.

A Route Planning Example from Hualien to Taitung

Riding along route 193 is a special experience beacuse you will pass mostly small villages. Just make sure you have enough supply since it is not as conveient as the main roads. Chihshang has a well established bike paths that can give you the best view of this flat land full of rice fields. 

Biking Taiwan wishes you all the best in traveling in Taiwan.