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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may take some efforts for you to arrive at Alishan (阿里山), but you will not regret for the efforts made.
There are five wonders in Alishan, if you can see all these five in one trip, then it is amazing.
- Forest railway
- Forest full of giant trees
- Cloud Sea
- Sunset Glow
But no matter how many times it take you to completely experiencing and seeing all of them, all the beauty of Alishan in different time of the day, in different seasons are greatness of the nature and possibilities of human beings.
Alishan is not the name of a single mountain, but a ridge of Yushan (玉山). The name, Alishan, appeared in Taiwan choreography in 1696 for the first time. However, the origin of this name has already lost its trace in history. Alishan National Forest Recreation Area located between Chiayi (嘉義) and Nantou (南投), covers a total area of 1,400 hectares with the main recreation site locating at about 2,000 to 2,700 meters above sea level. Alishan is world famous for its five wonders, eights sights, and enriched forestry.
The amazing eight sights that you should not miss while planning your trip to Alishan:
- Tahsan (塔山奇岩): composed by a large number of odd-shaped rocks, Tashan is one of the most impressive landscapes in Alishan
- Xianglin Arch Bridge (香林拱橋): surrounded by greenwood and clear water, Xianglin arch bridge is full of zen ambience
- No. 28 Giant Tree (28號巨木): as the head among the giant trees, No. 28 is a cypress tree that has already more than 2,000 years old
- Shunyi Waterfall (神怡流瀑): the running water embraces the towering trees
- Alishan sacred tree (阿里山神木遺跡): as a spiritual symbol in Alishan, the sacred tree was discovered in 1906 and was cut and laid in 1998 after serious damaged by a lightening strike
- Ciyun Temple Scenery (慈雲觀景): a place for visitors to view the cloud sea, the red cloud before sunset while overlooking tribes and Tashan at the same time
- Shuishan Giant Tree (水山巨木): standing erect for around 2,700 years, it presents amazing burls
- Mt. Ogassawara (小笠原山): it provides a destination for visitors to appreciate the five wonders as well as stars while overlooking magnificent landscapes of Yushan and the central mountain range.
One of the best season to visit Alishan is during March when the cherry blossom season brings all colors of beauty to this well preserved natural wonderland.
Every spring the annual Alishan cherry blossom season begins and the beautiful sight should not be missed. Alishan Forest Recreation Area has a large number of Yoshino cherry trees, followed in number by Formosan cherry trees;theare also 1000 Yaebenishidare (double-blossom dropping cherry tree ) cherry trees, Alishan is simply the best place to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan.