November 2016 HBL members participated in an unforgettable cycling tour of Taiwan.
There will be no HBL Taiwan Tour in 2017. Check back in 2018 for more information.
November 2 – 12, 2016
Biking is joyful in Taiwan, especially for foreign travelers! Great scenery, reasonable prices, excellent bicycle infrastructure, and a variety of climatic zones make Taiwan an excellent bicycle touring destination.
After experiencing Taipei’s casual bike rides for the first day, take a train to Hualien, the country’s mountainous eastern coast. It’s no exaggeration to say that Hualien is Taiwan’s cycling Mecca. The mountains are high, the scenery is spectacular, the food is excellent, and the local people are very kind and hospitable. From Hualien you’ll test your legs on a challenging climb through Taroko Gorge (one of Asia’s most iconic cycling roads.) Also visit the Giant Bicycle factory in Taichung.
To complete the trip, you’ll join in the 2017 Taiwan Cycling Festival at Sun Moon Lake. This combines cycling routes around Sun Moon Lake and festival events. Both domestic and foreign professional riders and family travelers visit Sun Moon Lake and experience the landscape of one of the world’s top ten most beautiful bike paths.
November 2 – (Wednesday) – Day 0
Please arrive at China Airlines check-in counter by 9:00pm.
Depart Honolulu on CL 001 ETD 11:50pm
November 4 (Friday) – Day 1 –
Arrive in Taipei at 5:00am. Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodation. Stay at Taisugar Hotel Taipei (or similar).
Japan group will also arrive on November 4th and join group.
Enjoy a day around Taipei – Self Guided
November 5 (Saturday) – Day 2
Go for a warm-up ride along the Tamsui River’s bike path, 30-60 K, depending on your taste.
**Second Departure Option** – Depart HNL at 12:00pm Saturday, Nov 5. Arrive in Taiwan at 9:30pm on Nov 6th
November 6 (Sun) – Day 3
Pedal an amazing route to Yangmingshan National Park. Explore Tamsui Old Street. Ferry to Bali, Bali cycle to Taipei. Stay at Taisugar Hotel Taipei (or similar).
**Second Departure Option** – Arrive at 9:30pm and be transferred to hotel to meet group.
November 7 (Monday) – Day 4
Taipei to Taitung County by train, pick up bikes from Giant rental station and ride to Chishang (50 K).
Stay at Chishang Pastoral Farm Resort (or similar).
Carefully nurtured fields painted the foreground emerald, enveloping the town’s glaring white buildings standing huddled in the distance before a rumpled mountain range, its summits poking into a crown of whimsical white tropical clouds. Chishang is a sparsely-populated township in Taitung County located in southeastern Taiwan.
Not only is it at the opposite end of the island from Taipei, Chishang’s rural tranquility offers a similar mental distance from the ambitious energy of the congested capital. Its main claim to fame is the high quality rice produced on the floodplain of the Huatung Valley, purported to be the best in Taiwan.
November 8 (Tuesday) – Day 5
Cycling to Ruisui via Hwy 193 (60 K), stay at Ruisui Hot Spring Resort or similar Ruisui is a township located in southern Hualien. It’s known as “The Town of Hot Springs”. In recent years, more than 30 hot springs were dug up, resulting in a hot springs craze and the opening of many hot spring hotels in Ruisui. The temperature of the water is from 43 to 48°C, of a low-alkaline chloride-carbonate type, and is abundant in minerals such as iron and barium. After the iron oxidizes in the air, a layer of rusty crystallized minerals is left on the surface of the water; this is called “hot spring flowers”, and is quite medicinal for various skin diseases and arthritis. Ruisui also boasts of flourishing agriculture; rice, tea and dairy products are just some of the agricultural produce.
November 9 (Wednesday) – Day 6
Ruisui to Hualien via Hwy 193, 70 K, stay at Hoyat Resort (or similar). Hualien has the largest area of all counties in Taiwan, and is located on the nation’s strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Central Mountain Range.
November 10 (Thursday) – Day 7
Hualien to Tienshiang, 50K, stay at Tienshiang (or similar). Put the luggage on the bus and begin one of the world’s most epic rides into the mountains gorge Taroko National Park. On the way will pass by Peace Par, Qixingtan Lake, Taroko Gate way, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grottos, Chumu Bridge and reaches Tienshiang.
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 canyon.
Tienshiang: This used to be a settlement of the Atayal tribe. It was name to honor Wen Tienshiang, the last prime minister of the Song Dynasty in the 13 Century.
November 11 (Friday) – Day 8
Tienshiang to Wuling via Cinjing Farm to Sun Moon Lake.
Take a bus tour to Hehuan National Forest Recreation Area or try for the summit if you are capable of.
Ride down through mountains, native forest, towering gorges, tea farms, and garden en route to Sun Moon Lake. Stay at Sun Moon Lake.
November 12 (Saturday) – Day 9
Cycling around Sun Moon Lake, visit the Giant Factory in Taichung. Said to be one of “10 Breathtaking Cycling Routes” around the world by CNN News in 2012, you bike around the entire 30 kilometers. The trail is a truly pleasant and scenic experience. Along with cycling around the lake’s sparkling turquoise waters and taking in skyline views and colorful boats, there are small beaches, wildlife like frogs and birds, and lush flora like bamboo trees, banana trees, ferns, trees, rice paddies and more. Stay at Sun Moon Lake.
November 13 (Sunday)– Day 10
Participate Taiwan Cycling Festival in Sun Moon Lake.
Click here for more information about the Sun Moon Lake Bike Day!
After farewell dinner, transfer to the Airport by coach for CI002 ETD TPE 23:30 PM.
There is no limit to the amount of participants on the trip. However, the group will be divided into smaller groups of 15-20 people by transport vehicle.
Trip made possible by:
For More Information Contact – Hannah Neagle or call 808-735-5756