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Join HBL on a bicycle tour in Taiwan from November 9th to 15th! With discounted airfare from China Airlines and a group package, prices as low as $1429!
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience Taiwan by bicycle! Special ticketing by China Airlines gives HBL members this affordable, fully supported tour. Hotel nights are in comfortable hotels and B&Bs. Tour is limited to 15 participants. Tour guide is a highly experienced cyclist. Air conditioned luggage carry vehicle serves as SAG when necessary. Breakfasts included.
11/10 – 06:00 pick up clients at airport by Car and deposit the luggage at the hotel, then assemble the bikes at hotel.
Taipei city tour by bikes from Golden China Hotel, 30 KMs including
Lin An-tai Historical House, Flora Expo Park, Taipei Fine Art Museum,
Confucius Temple, Baoan Temple, Grand Hotel, Martyrs’ Shrine, National Palace Museum, take riverside bike ways back to Flora Expo Park then back to Golden China Hotel.
Stay at Golden China Hotel or Similar
Lin An-tai Historical House : The Lin family came to Taiwan in the 18th century and engaged in trade in northern Taiwan. With the money they made, they built a house and named it. Today, the house is over 160 years old. It is famous for its delicate carvings; one of the examples is the creative dragon carving on the front door. There are six dragons, representing the six sons in the family. The carvings of vases and bats carry the meanings of good luck, wealth and safety. Some of the tiles and bricks of this ancient building have been restored due to its long history, but the stones and woods have remained intact over the long years. The crescent shaped pond in front of the building was used for defense, raising fish, prevent fire, water supply and keep a moderate temperature.
Taipei Confucius Temple: The history of the first Confucius Temple can trace its origins back to 1875 when the Qing court established Taipei as a prefecture City for Northern Taiwan. In 1879, construction began in Taipei City, including the literary and martial temples which were to be built inside the southern gate of the city. The temple holds ceremony on September 28, the birthday of Confucius, to commemorate Teachers’ Day. The ceremony follows the ancient ritual since Ming Dynasty. The display of music and dance, known as “display –presentation ceremony”, are in the veneration of Confucius.
Baoan Temple: The temple was founded in 1760 by immigrants from Quanzhou, Fujian province, and its modern size and design began to take shape in 1805. The main resident god is Baosheng Dadi, an historical figure revered for his medical skills. This temple features the usual dragon pillars, and also a pair of stone lion that are not so usual. Normally, of the two lions (one male, one female) that guard a temple, the male has an open mouth and the female a closed mouth; here, however, both have open mouths. It is said that they are not lions at all but a “humane beast” and a “law beast,” stationed there as an appeal to respect the law and carry out good government.
11/11. Taipei City tour by bikes, 30 KMs
Take Songjing Rd and Renai Rd to Taipei 101, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, pass by Palace residence, NTU College of Medicine since 1897,
CKSMH, Presidential Office, The Red House, Longshan Temple, take Danshui Riverside bike way to Dadaocheng Whart, Dihua street, Ning Xia Night Market, then back to Golden China Hotel.
Stay at Golden China Hotel or Similar
The Red House: A Western-style red-brick octagonal structure in Taipei’s Ximen space built in 1908, is Taiwan’s first public market and the most well preserved historical site.
Longshan Temple: Founded in 1738 by Han immigrants from Fujian, this temple has served, in addition to being a house of worship, as a municipal, guild and self-defence centre. These days it is one of the city’s top religious sites, and a prime venue for exploring both Taiwan’s vibrant folk faith and its unique temple arts and architecture. Longshan is dedicated to the bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin, though in true Taiwanese style there are over 100 other gods and goddesses worshipped in the rear and side halls. Matsu, Goddess of the Seae; Wenchang Dijun, the god of literature; red-faced Guan Gong, the god of war and patron of police and gangsters and the Old Man Under the Moon, known as the Matchmaker or the Chinese cupid.
11/12 Taipei to Hualien by Car and deposit the luggage at Hotel Chateau de Chine and assemble the Bikes there,
Cycling tour to MuGu Mu or Carp Lake, round trip 50 KMs.
Stay at Chateau de Chine or Similar
11/13. Hualien to Tienshiang biking thu Taroko 50KMs
Put the luggage on the Car, visit Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum and start from the Peace Park, taking cycling trial thru Qixingtan Lake, Taroko Gate way, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grottos, Chumu Bridge, Tianxiang.
Stay at Tienshiang Youth Hostel
Taroko National Park: Taroko is famous for its spectacular mountains and marble canyons. Cliffs and canyons stretch along Liwu River. Four million years ago, the island of Taiwan was formed by the collision of plates. After millions of years of wind erosion, the marble rocks were exposed and cut by Liwu River, creating impressive grand canyon’s.
Tianxiang: Its name commemorates Wen Tianxiang, who lived in the 13th century and was the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty. Scenic spots at Tianxiang include Xiangde Temple, Tianfeng Pagoda, a suspension bridge, the Wen Tian-siang Memorial Garden, the Plum Garden, and Tianxiang Church.
11/14. Tienshiang to Cinjin to Sun Moon Lake by Car
Stop at Sacred Tree, Huehuanshan, Wuling, Cingjing, Sun Moon Lake
Check in Sun Moon Lake Hotel and warm up cycling at the most beautiful cycling trial, 8 KMs.
Stay at Sun Moon Lake Teachers Hostel or Youth Hostel
Cingjing: It was once a cattle ranch of Seedig(Taiwanese aboriginal people); it wasn’t until the 1960s that this place was turned into farmland, providing livelihood to veterans from the Chinese Civil War. Today, Cingjing covers more than 700 hectares of rolling meadow, and is a hill station popular among locals, South Asians and Chinese visitors.
11/15. Sun Moon Lake Cycling Festival, 7:00-11:00, 30KMs or 50KMs.
After the festival, By car visiting Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Temple, Tse En Pagoda or take a lake cruise, then by Car from Sun Moon Lake to airport at 18:00 for CI 2 23:00
Sun Moon Lake: An elevation of 748 meters above sea level, is the only natural big lake in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake features the only full-range 3D tours (lake, sky and land) in Taiwan. The lake cycling trail has been dubbed by CNNGO, CNN as one of the most beautiful cycling trails in the world.
For more information contact: Brendon Hanna