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TAIWAN

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Landscapes are just amazing and the east coast is without doubt one of (or maybe) the most beautiful places SWISS TOURER has ever cycled. Climbing the mountains offers the chance to see even more of this fantastic place; in the north these aren't very high and steep. However, the central mountains are a challenge even for avid cyclists with heights up to 3200m.

Taiwan's attractions are not just limited to landscapes and for such a small country it really punches above its weight when it comes to Chinese cultural heritage. Taiwan's cities offer a lot to those who like hectic Asian lifestyle full of colours, Taipei is especially worth a good look around. The food is another part of the Chinese culture that nobody should miss out on.

Swisstourer|cycle touring|tour cycling|bike packing|cyclist|east coast|Taipei|Kaosiung|Taichung|bicycle industry|great cycle infrastructure|landscape|mountains|inexpensive|asia’s greatest destinations

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Taiwan is an insiders' tip for touring cyclists par excellence. Of course the country is well known for its bicycle industry which is in fact the world’s largest, but Taiwan can probably answer to all what (touring) cyclists and also tourists would love to experience. If it’s just for the sake of road cycling it might be Asia's greatest destinations as it combines numerous outstanding possibilities within a relatively small area. Bicycle paths, cycle friendly infrastructure, main roads with wide shoulders and many small roads are standard. Even in Taipei there is a cycle way on both sides of the river, ideal to enter or exit this metropolitan city by bike. Car and truck drivers are usually well mannered, another positive fact that contributes to an enjoyable and safe ride.

Perhaps best of all, Taiwan is a rather inexpensive place and possibly the destination where you get most value for your money.

Swisstourer|cycle touring|tour cycling|bike packing|cyclist|east coast|Taipei|Kaosiung|Taichung|bicycle industry|great cycle infrastructure|landscape|mountains|inexpensive|asia’s greatest destinations

The Taiwanese are very friendly and helpful people with a great sense of hospitality and even if there is a language barrier, they always manage to find somebody who speaks English or a solution for whatever problem. When asking for directions or assistance, don’t be surprised if you are invited in for coffee or food at the same occasion.

 

Park near Taipei, Taiwan

Park near Taipei, Taiwan

Cycle bridge in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Cycle bridge in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Pineapples, South Taiwan

Pineapples, South Taiwan

Pit stop for cycle tourists

Pit stop for cycle tourists

Tour de Taiwan

Tour de Taiwan

Southern Coast of Taiwan

Southern Coast of Taiwan

Taiwan's Golden Gate Bridge

Taiwan's Golden Gate Bridge

The cuisine is a must try

The cuisine is a must try

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Coffee street, Taiwan

Coffee street, Taiwan

A group of hikers stopped to chat

A group of hikers stopped to chat

Yangmingshan National park, Taipei

Yangmingshan National park, Taipei

Lake in Taiwan's mountains

Lake in Taiwan's mountains

Streets of Kaohsiung

Streets of Kaohsiung

South Taiwan Campsite

South Taiwan Campsite

Kaohsiung's cycleways

Kaohsiung's cycleways

Small fisherman village in Southern Taiwan

Small fisherman village in Southern Taiwan