Considering Taiwan has several famous homegrown bicycle companies, including the worlds largest, Giant Bicycle Manufacturer, its no wonder that cycling has become somewhat of a national pastime. Miles upon miles of rugged coastlines, lined with pristine beaches, mountain passes and spanning rice fields make up some of the most amazing topographies for bicycle lovers. Taiwan has every terrain a cyclist could desire, from flat plains to rolling hills to jungles to serious, hardcore mountain climbs. Adding to that, Taiwan has spent millions of dollars to develop the country’s cycling infrastructure and to promote yearly biking competitions. Bike rentals are super cheap, varied and many allowing for even the novice rider a chance to enjoy this special aspect of Taiwan.
Serious cyclers feel Taiwan is a good choice for a short bicycle touring holiday or as part of a longer Asia tour. Biking Taiwan can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. If you want a challenge, hit the mountains and cycle one of the cross island roads. If you want to take it a little easier, stick to biking the quiet roads of Taiwan’s east coast. Cycling Taiwan poses few difficulties. You rarely have to cycle long distances without services, roads and cycling paths are in good condition and the country is safe enough that you can camp or picnic just about anywhere.
Taiwan has every terrain a cyclist could desire