MADE IN TAIWAN:
The photos were taken during our own exploration, without guests; in the group tours, the luggage transport is by support vehicle.
'Made in Taiwan', who doesn't know it as a synonym for cheap production from the Far East? In the meanwhile, this has been overtaken by 'Designed in Taiwan' - the country is no.3 worldwide in patent registrations - and what turns out to be beautifully designed? Cycling routes! For the 'island tour' (900 km) alone, the government has spent more than 30 million euros to make cyclists happy.
We can rightly say that we don't know a tropical destination where cycling is so wonderful, uncomplicated. Nature is overwhelmingly beautiful and diverse. The roads on the east coast and inland - unlike those on the west coast - are traffic-calm, or even completely quiet. The asphalt runs almost constantly like a billiard cloth. The accommodations more than meet Western standards and are often at beautiful locations. Food and drinks are available everywhere, the night markets are a bewildering mishmash of scents and flavors. And the people may be a little less 'exotic' than in many other Asian countries, but they will show you in a courteous way that you are very welcome.
We were looking for a route in line with our other 'entry model', the Philippines: not a tough expedition-like trip, but a comfortable, tropical cycling holiday. The route we finally came to, is a bit harder than we hoped, a day with a thousand meters up, can be a challenge. But for those efforts you get so much in return that we say: ‘Designed and Made in Taiwan: superb cycling in the tropics!’
ROUTE TAIWAN CYCLING HOLIDAY
Day 1-2: welcome to Taipei, the bustling heart of Taiwan. The National Palace Museum is a must, as is one of the busy night markets. On day 2 we make a city tour on a labyrinth of (quiet) cycling paths.
Day 3-5: to arrive at Hualien on the east coast from the most beautiful side, we travel through the interior for three days. First a transfer from Taipei on day 3. More than 40 km of cycling brings us to Mungchi Resort, at an altitude of 1,200 meters. On day 4 we descend long, beautiful, and then climb to Wuling Farm at 2,000 meters. 50 km of these are great for everyone, the last 25 km are more for ‘very enthusiastic cyclists’. On day 5 we descend to sea level, after a short transfer. 75 km lead you through constantly changing fauna and flora, with the Taroko Gorge as the highlight. Those looking for the effort, can add a little less than 30 km (with quite some climbing).
Day 6: day of rest near Hualien, at the foot of Taroko National Park. A hiking trip in the national park does most justice to Taroko.
Day 7-9: the east coast, reviewed by everyone as a paradise for cyclists. Apart from a climb at the start of day 7, almost flat. Resp. 90 km (Shihtiping), 80 km (Dulan) and 35 km bring us to Zhiben Springs, with a great thermal bath: a well-earned place for rest & recovery.
Day 10-12: three days through the East Rift Valley, to Hualien. Not via the more busy road no.9, because we take extremely quiet parallel roads: Taiwan at its best. After 90 km (Chishang), 90 km (RuiSui Hot Springs) and finally 70 km we arrive in Hualien.
Day 13: by train back to Taipei, about 3 hours. Enjoy and say goodbye.
TAIWAN CYCLING TOUR PRICES
Our combination of small groups, foreign areas and full care cannot possibly be low-budget, especially in a modern country like Taiwan.
On the other hand, the price for participating in a trip covers almost all costs on the spot, because included are:
- all overnight stays in good to very good hotels
- the full supply of drinks and food in the hotels and restaurants
- the cycling Dutch- and English-speaking guidance and that of a support vehicle that transports the luggage and possibly participants & bicycles
- all transport and logistics between the start and finish location Taipei
- all entrance fees
Participation in the tour costs 2,095 euros per person. For those who want a single room, the price is 495 euros higher.
In practice, pocket money spent will be less than 5 euros per day.
- the cleaning, maintenance and repair of clothes and bicycle. In other words, in cycling terms: the care of mechanics and soigneur. This option costs 130 euros once, and then also applies to all future (hopefully many) Tropical Cyclist tours.
There are excellent direct flights to Taipei, from KLM and China Airlines, for just under 700 euros.
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