Taipei, Ruisui, Chisang, Taitung
Off the Beaten
In recent years, Taiwan has developed its reputation as haven for cyclists, with a sheer variety of road experiences that cover the entire island. On this 2-wheel adventure, we choose a relaxed route down the East Coast of Taiwan that would suit everyone of any cycling proficiency but yet takes in a myriad of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.
Starting in Taipei, we get an insight into Taiwanese culture through food and drink, before being transported to Hualien to begin this cycling adventure. The route traverses forested flatlands to verdant rice fields and a stunning coastline backed by the mountains of the East Rift Valley, ending in Taitung.
Twin Sharing: S$ 6,980/-
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18 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
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Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Taipei. The day is at your leisure to explore this bustling metropolis – do not miss the world-famous National Museum to see the finest Chinese artwork, whizz through the night markets, get your bubble tea fix and shoot up to the 89th floor of Taiwan 101 for a 360 panoramic view from this iconic landmark.
Welcome dinner at Toh-A Restaurant, which features Taiwanese fusion cuisine with an omakase menu in an elegant French setting.
After breakfast, transfer to Hualien by train where you will meet up with your cycling team who will look after you for the next few days. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be driven to your hotel for check-in, with a visit to an indigenous fish farm en route to learn more about the local culture.
At your hotel today, your cycling team will start to prepare and adjust the bikes to your measurements for your upcoming cycling journey and conduct a safety briefing before a warm-up test ride to nearby Danongdafu Forest Park, a reforestation project that is Taiwan’s first flatland forest of 1,250 hectare with picturesque fields of flowers and woodlands, a perfect place to kickstart your cycling adventure before returning to your hotel for dinner.
Your resort is in the Ruisui hot springs area, and is a great opportunity to enjoy a relaxing soak in the mineral rich waters before calling it a night.
Total cycling: approx. 17km, 1hr
Enjoy a relaxing morning – there are many trails in Fuyuan Forest Recreation Area where your resort is located and we recommend taking a stroll to Long Ying Waterfall, the star attraction of the area. Your resort is also aptly named for its butterfly sightings – more than 30 species have been recorded here.
In the late morning, commence your cycling adventure down Route No. 193, the longest County Highway in the country and runs parallel with the East Rift Valley. This is one of the best cycling routes in Taiwan, a smooth countryside path with less traffic and a vast pretty landscape of green rice fields. You will hit the 10km Yufu Bikeway as you approach Yuli, an old train track repurposed as a bikeway.
From Yuli, you will return by van to your hotel (approx. 40min drive) to freshen up before dinner. In the evening, enjoy one more soak in the hot springs to relax your muscles after the day of cycling.
Total cycling: approx. 40km, 4-5hrs including breaks and photo stops
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer to Yuli (approx. 1hr drive) to continue where we left off yesterday. Your luggage will be safely stowed on the support vehicle so you can enjoy a hassle-free cycle with a peace of mind.
Today’s route is a similar landscape of rice paddy fields, taking the Zhoufu Country Road away from heavy traffic and people. Dotted along the landscape are aboriginal tribes where you can experience their unique architecture and cultures. As we approach Chisang Township, ride through Mr Brown Avenue, made popular by a commercial by Mr Brown Coffee, featuring a stunning landscape of fields against a mountainous backdrop without a single wire pole along the roadside.
End the trip directly at your hotel, where you have the rest of the evening at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and dinner at their restaurant.
Total cycling: approx. 43km, 4-5hrs including breaks and photo stops
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and be transferred to the dramatic landscape of the East Coast (approx. 1hr drive). The East Rift Valley was formed by the convergence of the Philippine and Eurasian tectonic plates, creating a stunning mountain range that hugs the coast.
You will start from Nimpu village, cycling along the scenic coast before reaching Chenggon for a seafood lunch at a local restaurant. View the local landmark – Sanxiantai Arch Bridge, before continuing your journey with several photo stops, including Donghe Bridge, Dulan Sugar Factory, and the Jialulan Recreation Area before arriving into Taitung.
Check into your hotel where you bid farewell to your cycling team and enjoy dinner in the hotel. If you are not too tired, you could head out to explore the night markets in the evening at your leisure.
Total cycling: approx. 55km, 5-6hrs including breaks and photo stops
Meet your guide for the day to visit the Luan-Shan Forest Museum. This is an open-air forest museum that was a former aboriginal tribal site, and resembles a scene from the movie Avatar, with lush forests and protected giant Banyan trees. Here you can learn about the forest conservation and the cultural practices of the aboriginal people, including a tribal meal and also learning to make mocha dessert.
In the evening, we will arrange a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, transfer to Taitung train station for your train to Taipei (4hrs), and then a transfer will be arranged to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport for your departure flight.
Frame: GIANT ALUXX SL lightweight aluminium frame
Front fork: GIANT Carbon Fiber Front Fork (Carbon Fiber OverDrive Steerer)
Front shock absorber: N/A
Rear shock: N/A
Colour: RAPID 2
Car handle: GIANT CONNECT XC 31.8
Rider’s vertical bar: GIANT Connect aluminium alloy
Variable Speed System
Shift knob: SHIMANO SL-R441/R440
Front derailleur: SHIMANO FD-R 9S
Rear derailleur: SHIMANO Tiagra
Fast farewell: 27
Brake handle: TEKTRO CL330
Brake group: TEKTRO R359
Large chainring: SHIMANO FC-R453 50/39/30T
Flywheel: SHIMANO HG50-9 12-27T
Chain: KMC X10
Rim: GIANT S-R2
Hub: FORMULA 32H
Steel wire : N/A
Tire: GIANT P-R3 700x25C
Cushion: VELO VL1205
Seat tube: GIANT Carbon Fiber 30.9
Reference weight: 9.6 KG-S
We can arrange a bicycle transportation service at an additional cost if you wish to bring your own bicycle, please contact us for further details.
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Registration Closing Date: 18 Feb 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
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