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Taiwan Cycling Festival

Every year Taiwanese government would arrange a series of events for people who enjoy cycling or are interested in getting into this activity to participate in many ways.

Taiwan Cycling Festival is not  only a one-day event, but it usually starts from late Summer time and goes all the way to early Winter time. One of the most famous events, but not anyone can register and ride, is the Taiwan KOM. More and more foreign cyclists are invited to join this challenge since it has its unique charm and difficulty comparing to other KOM in the world. 

Let's take a quick look back on what had happened last year in 2017, and hope you would be able to join one of the events during 2018 Taiwan Cycling Festival.

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 around Sun Moon Lake, CNN Travel named Best Bike Route in the world

Located in the heart of Taiwan, the Sun Moon Lake has long been charming curious foreigners and local visitors alike. Its calm, turquoise water has also inspired many ancient Chinese poets and painters. The route around the largest lake in Taiwan is a three-hour ride, where visitors can enjoy lake scenery, experience Thao aboriginal culture and learn about the local ecology in the Nantou County. If you arrive in early spring, you can even catch the cherry blossoms near this mirror-like lake.
— CNN Travel, cycling routes that'll take your breath away

Cheery Blossoms in Sun Moon Lake, Spring only!!

Sun Moon Lake is the largest and most beautiful alpine lake in Taiwan. Its beauty is like a strand of bright pearls shimmering in the midst of Taiwan. The mist-laden water and the constant changes of thick and dispersing clouds and fog create a mood of a fantasy fairyland. Depending on the seasons and time of day, perhaps the scenes might remind you of a sketch, a colorful watercolor painting, or a Chinese landscape painting. Visitors are often enthralled by the refreshingly beautiful and elegant landscapes here.

Romantic sunset view of a biking couple in Sun Moon Lake

The beauty of Sun Moon Lake, from dawn to dusk and from season to season, exudes an aura of enchantment regardless of whether it is bathed in sunlight and blue sky or shrouded in mist. Consequently, tourists find themselves in the amazement of stunning landscape accompanied by the chirping sounds of birds and the delightful fragrance of flowers.

Sun Moon Lake Youth Activity Center is the perfect location to stay over for one night.

Sun Moon Lake Youth Activity Center is the perfect location to stay over for one night.

In the early morning, a thin veil of mist creating a sense of hazy dreaminess covers the surface of the lake. When the sun rises over the mountains, the obscuring mist lifts slowly to reveal the contour of the lake, reflecting images of surrounding mountains as birds chirp and glide gracefully. At dusk, the colors of the setting sun are like a sprinkling of golden dust, transforming it into a romantic paradise. As the night falls, the flickering lights of fishing boats, shining stars and dancing fireflies reflect their shimmer on the rippling lake as cool evening breezes waft in. Such an image has been described as a mischievous fairy illuminating the lake with her lantern.

Sunset view from Shuiwatou Trail, the famous frog pyramid location

Sunset view from Shuiwatou Trail, the famous frog pyramid location

Whoever comes to Sun Moon Lake can enjoy the view of the lake by cycling along on the bike trails or biking around the lake in a full circle. You can start from Shuishe, where the bus stops, and cycle on the lakeside paths to Xiangshan Visitors Center and Moon Lake bike path. Or you can rent a bicycle from Ita Thao and biking clockwise around the lake, and enjoy the half day bike tour.

Several bikeways are easily accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Several bikeways are easily accessible for everyone to enjoy.

You can enjoy riding a bicycle passing over Sun Moon Lake water. 

You can enjoy riding a bicycle passing over Sun Moon Lake water. 

Moon Lake bike path is the one less traveled and thus the most beautiful and quiet place.

Moon Lake bike path is the one less traveled and thus the most beautiful and quiet place.

Shuishe Xiangshan Bike Path connects Shuishe Pier and Xiangshan Visitor Center with a 3km long bike-only trails. Along this bikeway, you will pass by the famous 0.4km bikeway above the water where you will see Shuishe Dam, the Sun Moon Lake water outlet port, and Yongjietongxin Birdge in between. There is also Xiangshan Viewing Deck, built with steel, creating a suspension bridge feeling for visitors while walking on it. The hollowed-out design of this platform allows visitors to glance around Sun Moon Lake from above.

Shuishe Dam is the best place to view the water and mountains joining together, so many wedding photos are taken here.  

Shuishe Dam is the best place to view the water and mountains joining together, so many wedding photos are taken here.  

If you are interested in travel to Sun Moon Lake and needing an advice on planning the trip or even needing someone to take you directly there to enjoy all things said above.

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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.

A Route Planning Example within Haulien Sincheng to Shoufong

After spending time in the mountain, you can enjoy your ride again along the pacific coastline. There is a small portion of this route that lead you to a good view of the pacific and the moutain blending together. Make sure you ride on most of the bike paths indicated in this planning so you wont feel bored biking in Hualien, the backyard garden of Taiwan.