Cycling from Hualien to Taitung

Cycling from Hualien to Taitung, you will see lots of beautiful scenery. Surrounding mountains and sea, valleys and streams, come together on this route to create a calming atmosphere. Experience all the gifts of nature in one place! The indigenous tribes living along the way also provide this area with dynamic cultural characteristics.

Cycling gives you the freedom to go almost anywhere you want. The cooling breeze will make you feel alive. Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of the East Rift Valley and along the coastline will create a meditative effect as well, and if you want, you can even meet locals along the way.

Start by selecting a route that suits you and your fitness level. You can make the trip as many times as you want to and still experience something new. In summer, you can marvel at the green rice paddies. In early autumn, you can enjoy flowers blooming all around. The cycling trip from Hualien to Taitung covers it all and promises to be an unforgettable experience!

CYCLING ROUTES AND INFORMATION

There are two parallel routes between Hualien and Taitung: provincial highways #9 and #11. Highway #9 travels through Hualien City then continues south through the East Rift Valley, which is a fertile plain lying between two mountain ranges that stretch between Hualien and Taitung. Highway #11 splits off from the #9 just south of Hualien City then follows the coastline. The two meet up again in Taitung City. You can choose whichever of these amazing cycling routes according to your own fitness level or do both of them if you’d prefer.

DETAILS ABOUT THE ROUTES

Highway #9

This is the best route for beginners, especially if you don’t have much confidence in long-distance cycling. Most of Highway #9 is pretty flat, and it will be easy to find food supplies, places to stay, bike repair shops, and train stations along the way. The views along this road are spectacular – mountains, rivers and farming communities all come together to create the perfect backdrop on which to ride. County Road #193 from Ruisui to Yuli is highly recommended since it’s a route with less traffic. You will get a chance to experience really authentic Taiwanese culture on this road. For example, you can visit beautiful Liyu Carp Lake, enjoy refreshing ice cream in the Hualien Sugar Factory, and take a dip in steaming hot springs. Check our “Attraction-East Rift Valley” page for more details about the attractions along the way!

Highway #11

If you prefer to see the ocean during your cycling trip, Highway #11 is the best choice for you. This route will require a large amount of physical strength, especially in the 10 km uphill stretch near Niushan. If you are not an avid cyclist, this route may be very challenging, but the struggle is worth it to get closer to the ocean scenery. There are also lots of scenic lookout spots along the Highway #11. The villages along Highway #11 are less populated, which means that there will be less access to food and accommodation available on the coastline. The first 7 Eleven is 50 km from the city center and the second one is about 100 km away. Carry a spare inner tube with you and know how to fix a flat tire since there are no bike shops along the way either. Check out “Attraction-Coastlines” page for more details about the attractions along the way!

Mountains and coastline combined route through Highway #30

If you can’t choose between the mountain valley of Highway #9 and the sea views of Highway #11, you could do both and cross the mountains on Highway #30. This route is most suitable for seasoned cyclists due to its somewhat challenging terrain through the mountains. Still, this might be a best route to choose for those who want to see lots of attractions along the way since it combines the beautiful East Rift Valley with incredible coastline. You should also consider riding through Yufu cycling path, which is built on the old railway that goes through the rice fields. Also, trek the famous Walami trail in Yushan National Park the following day if you are not tired from cycling. In our blog, we will give more details about this route!

IMPORTANT INFO

When planning your trip, take the weather and climate into consideration. The season makes a big difference in Taiwan since summers are extremely hot and therefore are not really suitable for cycling. The best period for biking in Taiwan is from autumn to winter. The most favorable weather to cycle is from October to February.
There are plenty of service points along the way so not to worry. Police stations offer drinking water, coffee, toilets, and occasionally they will have an air pump as well.
Remember to take a detour through the nice and scenic bike paths along the way.
The strong wind in autumn and winter can make a big difference, too. It’s suggested to cycle southward from Hualien so that you don’t have to fight against the strong northeast monsoon. Check the direction of wind before you decide whether to cycle southward or northward.
You can find lots of food and supplies along the way. With small supermarkets every few kilometers, there is no need to haul along many supplies. 7- Elevens serve as places to get water, snacks, and to withdraw money from ATM's. Most of them also feature public toilets.

ACCOMMODATION

 【Hualien】宿喜青旅 Comfy Hostel

Bed in a dorm room costs from $430. The staff has knowledge about biking from Hualien to Taitung. Bike rental is possible too (normal city bike and high-end road bike).

No. 10, Lane 2, Guoxing 4th Street, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

+886 905 551 212

【Yuli】New Life Hot Spring Resort 紐澳華溫泉山莊

Dorm room costs $800 per bed. Price includes access to hot spring and breakfast.

No.41-5, Lehe, Yuli Township, Hualien County 981, Taiwan

+886 3 888 7373

【Taitung】Er Yu Hostel 二魚旅舍

Dorm price starts from $500. The staff has knowledge about biking. Bike rental is possible too (normal city bike and high-end road bike).

No. 290, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

+886 935 923 113

【Yuli】Wisdom Garden Homestay 智嵐雅居民宿

Homestay, price includes good breakfast. Call for detailed price.

981, Taiwan, Hualien County, Yuli Township, 大禹里5鄰酸甘98-1號

+886 3 888 2488

【Dulan】The Travel Bug Bistro inn 旅行蟲

Dorm room costs from $400 per bed.

959, Taiwan, Taitung County, Donghe Township, 134 號

+886 989 484 009

You can find also many more options along the way.

Check our interactive map for more!

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Cycling trousers
  • Quick dry, tight fit clothes
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing suit
  • Toiletries
  • Flip flops
  • Bike repair kit
  • Spare Inner tube
  • Panniers
  • Water bottle
  • Led light for bike

BIKE RENTAL IN HUALIEN

Giant Hualien Station 捿安特花蓮站

3-Day rental without helmets costs $1200. Call for details.

No. 35, Guoxing 1st Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

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+886 3 833 6761

Fun Bike 樂單車自行車行

Professional bike shop and repairing services. City Bike Rental is possible too.

No. 50, Fu’an Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970

+886 3 846 6928

A-Shen Bike Rental阿勝單車出租

Bike Rental. 3-Day rental including all gear costs $1300. Call for details.

No. 561, Zhongshan Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 835 6856

BIKE RENTAL IN TAITUNG

A-Shen Bike Rental阿勝單車台東店

Bike rental services. Call for details.

No. 223, Xinzhan Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

+886 982 158 153

bike.e089.com.tw

Giant Taitung Station捷安特-台東新站

Bike shop and rental services. Call for details.
No. 255號, Xinzhan Road, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan 950

+886 980 014 283

www.giantcyclingworld.com

There are more bike shops along the highway #9 if you need some help with your bike.  

Check our interactive map for more!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?usp=sharing&mid=1zm-gFiJpFzDb8cIoHzHIeNdao_CYbRuh

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