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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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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.

Plan your biking trip in Taiwan

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! 

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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. 😅 

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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.

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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. 👍

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Next time, I hope your biking expereince could be as fun as ours. Have a good time in cycling tours everywhere. 

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Seeking for advice on cycling route planning in Taiwan ~ http://www.bikingtaiwan.com/

Trying to make your own bike map for traveling in Taiwan ~  Biking Taiwan Bikemap Routes 

A Route Planning Example from Yilan to Hualien

We would call this the most beautiful part of cycling around Taiwan. But it is also the most dangerous part of the complete route since bikers are sharing the same road with heavey traffic, buses and tracks and so on. A lot of people choose to skip by taking a train. Anyways, stop at Sincheng station, so you can plan your visit to the top one attraction in Taiwan, Taroko Gorge. Routine bus operates from this station to the Gorge park and other attractions on the way. 

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

A Route Planning Example within Yilan

After a long ride yesterday, you must wish to stay a bit longer in the room and have more relaxed ride today. Yilan is a plain so you will have not too much to climb but enjoy yhe pacific on your side while riding along before a challenging day ahead. Nanfangao is a famous port for fising boats and seafoods are amazingly great. Check-in early and sleep early for the hilly day tomorrow. Of course, some people would decide to skip this part of great scene becuse it is hard and unsafe in some way because of the heavey traffic, so you can choose to take your bike along on the train to Hualien instead tomorrow.

A Route Planning Example from Taipei to Yilan

This route take you from Taipei City Center (Train Station) throught the beautiful riverside bike path, and then entering the moutain which leads you to the western side of Taiwan, Yilan County. Jiaosi is famous for its hotspring, so it is wonderful to find an accomdation with hotspring facilities to relax and recover the energy for passing the mountain.