riverside bike paths are great places to spend your day in Taipei, and renting youbike is the easiest way to get around
Many people simply wish to complete the milestone of cycling around Taiwan, but I say you will miss a lot if you are not planning it right.
Plan it well if you have limited time for the trip!
Don't plan at all if you have nothing but time!
After more than one year of assisting visitors to plan their bike tours in Taiwan, I have heard several complians that riding in the westcoast is extremly boring and gets nothing but polluted air and madness city views. 🙊🙉🙈
And I say, of course, there are more than 23 millions people living on this small 36,000km2 island and most of them do live in the westcoast, so what do you expect. 😅
But if you consult or read more information and have a little bit more time to detour around the places, you may find beautiful places to visit as this one. Then your tour of Taiwan may not be so boring and tiring.
Talk to people, and you will find your trip more joyable because this is how you experience and bring memories back home. A local grocery shop is the best place to start, and do not worry about language barrier. A big smile 😊 and body/sign language can solve them all. 👍
Next time, I hope your biking expereince could be as fun as ours. Have a good time in cycling tours everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!!)
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.
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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Recommendation of another article about Bubble Tea Origin by Erin De Santiago -
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?
National Taichung Theatre in Taichung, Taiwan
National Taichung Theater (NTT) is located in a commercial district in Taichung City, carries high expectations from local art communities. As a new cradle for the performing arts in Taiwan, the NTT will serve as the only national-level performing arts center in central Taiwan, and it seeks to bring programs of quality and diversity from all over the world, leading to a new and positive impact on local artists and audiences.
The National Taichung Theater is not just a building that houses the opera. The entire architecture itself is an opera. One can feel the flow of air, sound and light not only in the foyer, but within the restaurant, sky garden and everywhere else in the building. One feels overwhelmed by the grandeur of a cosmic brilliance coming out of the architecture.
--Toyo Ito, Architect
National Taichung Theatre is the second point of our biking tour in Taichung City, and we invite you to enjoy and explore this city by cycling with the public sharing system, iBike.
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