Driving is too fast, walking is too slow! Change your speed and perspective at a speed of 20km/h on a bicycle so you can experience the natural beauty of Taiwan.
Biking in Taiwan allows you to cruise along a bike path and enjoy both the sights and smells.
If you want a great way to challenge your body and mind, and to experience the true beauty of Taiwan’s mountains and the friendliness of its people, you could make no better choice than to ride a bike around the island.
Is it a dream or is it a challenge to cycling around Taiwan?
The most difficult part of biking around Taiwan is having the determination and self-confidence needed to do it. If you think that you lack either of these attributes, just remember the story of
King Liu, who is the president of Giant, the GIANT bicycle manufacturing company. He was eighty years old when he completed a twelve-day trip cycling around Taiwan. Of course, before you set out you should consult with your doctor; if he gives you permission, then you only need to worry about how much determination you have.
One of the advantages of riding around Taiwan is that you can determine your own itinerary, so if you feel tired you can take more time but if you feel strong you can ride longer. If you lack fitness or want to take your time for sightseeing, then plan for your round-the-island trip to take between seven and twelve days. If you average of about ninety kilometers per day, with an average speed of 20 km/h for 4-6 hours a day, you’ll reach your goal of riding a bike around the island in Taiwan.
This is always the first question people would ask when planning about cycling tour around Taiwan. BUT, there is no standard or correct answer to it, mostly depending on what you want to see and when you plan to set off. Here are the some thoughts about both directions which you can take into consideration before planning or making the final decision.
Wind is blowing in difference direction according to seasons. During summer time, mostly wind is coming from south-west direction, which make travelling from north to south a bit challenge comparing to other direction. During winter time, headwind is against you when you are riding the bike from south to north, and make it very difficult to move forward. However, since you are traveling all around Taiwan in the same season, so the only difference is you choose to have the sweet and easy rides first or save the best to the last. Most people would suggest to go with clockwise in summer time and counter-clockwise in winter time, so you have some time to prepare yourself before meeting the wind challenge. (Believe or not, wind is way tougher than hills for cyclists!)
Another point to consider is the scenic views on your journey. Biking clockwise in Taiwan means you are always riding on the opposite side of the coastlines. It is safer in terms of riding, but when you wish to get closer to the sea and take the wonderful view of Pacific in the east coast, you would have to cross the road and get to the other side in order to do this. And frequent enough, you will find this annoying. Riding your bicycle around Taiwan in counter-clockwise direction, meaning you will always have the benefit of staying close to the sea, but that means more dangerous when it is only a cliff right next to you when riding in some parts of Taitung and Hualien.