A Biking Paradise in Asia
With the winds of LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) blowing strong, the green way to travel—by bike—has become a prevailing trend around the globe and is getting hot in Taiwan. Recently, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) has been promoting cycling tours in Taiwan via numerous initiatives, which have successfully kicked off a spinning spree to explore the intriguing island renowned for its beautiful landscape, cultural legacy, great cuisine and friendly people.
Cycling Leads the Way to Green Travel
Traveling around by bike always has its advantages. For one, it is wonderful to feel the breeze sweeping through one’s hair while indulging in a picturesque journey. Cycling also offers freedom unmatched by any other vehicles, as riders can easily slow down or simply hop off their bikes at any time to discover more interesting places and talk with locals.
Certainly, traveling by bike is an unbeatable way to relish the beauty of Taiwan. Measuring just 36,000 square kilometers, Taiwan is not big, but it boasts a unique and diverse landscape best explored by cycling. From majestic peaks of over 1,200 meters to endless plains, the island stretches over many ecosystems that are home to myriad flora and fauna.
Keeping in step with the rise of LOHAS and the global efforts to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, the TTB has been promoting bicycle tours in Taiwan as a truly ideal way to “travel green.” With an extensive transportation network that interweaves seamlessly with cycling routes, travelers can experience the most magnificent parts of Taiwan in just a few days.
Taiwan’s Must-See Biking Routes
There is no better time to get acquainted with Taiwan, as its transportation system has been enhanced to become super bike-friendly. The island’s rail and highway arteries are integrated with biking routes that penetrate deep into the countryside and local cultural spots. These routes are conveniently outfitted with bilingual explanation boards and travel information kiosks, as well as rest stops that offer repair, safety and guide services. At present, five of Taiwan’s major bike routes are designed to offer a comprehensive view of the island’s most inspiring attractions:
To promote Taiwan as the ultimate destination for cycling tours, the TTB collaborated with Taiwan’s leading bicycle manufacturer, Giant, and China Airlines in the “Let’s Bike Taiwan 2009” promotion event. This five-day program—which ran from September 28 to October 2, 2009—attracted 500 enthusiastic travelers from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, America and Europe.
The thrilling debut for the “Let’s Bike Taiwan 2009” event kicked off at Sun Moon Lake. Hundreds of passionate cyclists set off following a ceremony presided over by Taiwan Tourism Ambassador Fei Lun Hai (“Fahrenheit”)—a popular Taiwanese boy band—and the China Airlines bicycle team, for a trip around the Sun Moon Lake trail, where they were also treated to the region’s famous black tea, Thao tribal performances and a boat tour.
International cyclists were equally captivated by the four other enthralling routes during subsequent days, which featured the Golden Danshui River route, renowned for its bewitching sunset; the Azure East Coast track with astounding views of the Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range; the Pastoral East Rift Valley path, reputed for its rustic beauty; and the Dapeng Bay route, a tour of ecology and gourmet seafood.
Of course, there is much more to explore in Taiwan. New fascinating bike routes are being developed to make Taiwan a travel paradise for cyclists. So grab your bike and explore—there’s never been a better time to travel green in Taiwan!
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