Two times cycling in Taiwan
Taiwan is the country of bicycles? Why? First of all, because it is home to a large bicycle industry. Besides the global player GIANT, many high quality premium bike brands from overseas get their frames and other parts from manufacturers in Taiwan. In recent years, cycling the Taiwan Cycling Route No. 1 (環島1號線) around the whole island of Taiwan (968 km) has become a popular leisure activity for Taiwanese as well as for cycling tourists from all over the world. Taiwan, despite small in size, has a very diverse landscape that involves beautiful coastlines, high altitude mountains and amazing subtropical nature. Roads are in a very good condition, even in the mountain areas.
The Taiwan Map shows the proposed route by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
Having called Taiwan home myself for more than two years, of course I had to conquer the island by bike as well. I did two main cycling tours: The first one down the East coast roughly followed the mentioned Route No. 1, the second one went right through the central montain range in the middle of Taiwan.
Maps of my two tours in Taiwan