More importantly, the country is known for its friendly, local bicycle culture. Competitive and leisure cyclists will find an abundance of exciting routes to pick from.  Visitors can experience rides high up in the mountains, or for more relaxed exploring discover easy routes through picture-perfect tea fields. 

Beginner’s routes

 

The 19-mile perimeter around the picturesque Sun Moon Lake offers beginner’s a relaxing cycle. Looping Taiwan's largest alpine lake the 'Come! Bikeday' held in November is a scenic, family-friendly bicycle ride around Sun Moon Lake.

 

For cyclists preferring more urban surrounds, the YouBike bicycle hire scheme is an ideal way to explore Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taichung City, and Changhua County. YouBikes complement the public transport systems, giving visitors the option of conveniently renting a bicycle to explore the city from multiple kiosks across the city.

 

You can find out more by visiting i.youbike.com/tw

 

Routes for the more adventurous

 

The jaw-dropping beauty of Taiwan provides wonderful photography opportunities, as well as adventurous trails. More experienced cyclists can explore the mountainous routes which are more testing, yet provide stunning scenery.  The East Rift Valley is framed by the majestic Central and Coastal Mountain ranges and provides numerous side roads and bicycle paths to cycle safely. 

 

For cyclists seeking bigger challenges the La La Shan trail in the hills of northern Taiwan offers an unrelenting 18km through pristine forest. It is not a route for the faint-hearted!

 

Alternatively, the Taiwan King of the Mountain challenge, held in November, begins  with a 105 kilometre mountain ascent starting from sea level, and climbs through scenic valleys to the finish at the summit of Hehuan Mountain in Huling at 10,700 feet. The route takes in a variety of fabulous scenery showing the true nature of Taiwan’s breath-taking landscape. 

 

Further information on Taiwan and the many exciting  bicycling experiences it has to offer can be found at:

 

http://taiwanbike.tw