We often received inquiries about how to plan a bicycle trip in Taiwan. Therefore, I plan to make suggestions/templates for those who are interested in visiting Taiwan by bike, but do not intend to hire a bike guide to accompany them for whatever reason they may have.
All trip planning starts from some basic questions as follows,
- how many days are planned the trip
- how many people are in the group
- what is the level of cycling experience of each individual
- where would you start the trip
- when would you start this tour
- how do you plan to have the bike
- how do you transport your luggages
- what types of accommodations would you need
- what sort of scenes are more attractive to you, i.e. food, culture, nature, sea, mountain, and etc.
- LAST but NEVER LEAST, what is your budget
In fact, there are many questions to be answered and everyone should have her/his own answers. Therefore, the following information sharing is based on my own assumptions and own experiences, so no critics are necessary. Take it if it suits you, and simply click away if it appears to be junk to you. ^_^
An example of five days trip by bicycle in Taiwan, and you want to experience the best and most of Taiwan. This trip starts from Hualien and goes along the rift valley part of eastern Taiwan and then cross the Coastal Mountain to east coast side of Taitung before entering the Southern cross island route to ShouKa and strolling down to the Southern Peninsula of HengChun and Kenting.
There are two types of maps attached that we have used most often in our own planning.
First one is the Bikemap, which can really show you the routes in details distance and also the elevations so you would not under estimate the daily ride by imaging that all the routes in this small island should be flat.
Second one is the Google Map where you can find the suggested start and end points for each day and of course the place that might be interested to stop and take photos while resting and regain your energy.