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Taiwan Loop Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameTaiwan Loop
Distance : miles (km)580.48  (934.19)
Posted ByJ Lambert
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CitySouthern Taiwan
County/RegionSouthern Taiwan
Start LocationPing-Tung, Southern Taiwan
End LocationPing-Tung, Southern Taiwan
Cycle Steps
The route circles Taiwan. We did it in March in 8 days. 7 to 10 is fairly normal. On the west side of the island we took the inland passage, or the "Rift Valley". It is hillier than the coast but much more scenic. The northwest from HuaLien north has about three or four big climbs (they seem to blur together) but is the most beautiful part of the whole trip. The east side is mostly flat, and was greatly appreciated after the mountains. The last day we decided to do two days in one and pumped out 220KM. We are going to do the cross island highways next.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Easy to find places to eat if you like Chinese food. Then there is 7-11 for sandwiches and chocolate. We stayed in hotels for about US$30 to 50 per night which we split amongst the four of us. It beat a tent every night.

Your comments?
posted by:wombblocRating : difficult :
Is there any info on cheap places to stay on the cycle route? I am planning to do pretty much the same route on dec.15th but i will stay on the coastal roads.

posted by:formosaguyRating : difficult :
East coast and extreme south (Pingtung County) are gorgeous ... chock full of spectacular vistas, indigenous Malayo-Polynesian culture, hot springs, friendly people, etc. Cycling here is definitely worth making a trip to Taiwan!

West coast (heavily populated, high traffic volumes, congested roadways) may be skipped without much regret - may consider abandoning typical flatland route for the hilly north-south roads set further inland (e.g., the so-called Xin Zhongheng ['new central cross island highway]).

Have circled the island twice now. Put some info on cycling and other Taiwan adventures online at: http://formosaguy.blogspot.com

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