A series of decent bike paths are scattered around Taiwan, and those in Hualien, East Coast, and East Rift Valley are especially loved. These suburban oases allow cyclists to breathe in the fresh air as they enjoy the charming natural landscapes of lush green mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean that spreads out to the horizon. Friendly local people might even cheer for you along the route – the eastern Taiwan is no doubt a paradise for passionate bikers.
The 15-kilometer-long Hualien City Coastal Bikeway links several local attractions such as Nanbin Park, Beibin Park, Qixingtan, and Hualien Fishing Harbor. Why not make a brief stop at the harbor and have a freshly prepared seafood feast before hitting the road again. Along the way, you will spot many locals make fishing a part of their everyday life as if the grand Pacific Ocean is their refrigerator.
Not good at cycling? No worries as this coastal bikeway is sufficiently wide to provide separate demarcated spaces for people walking and bicycling. Just take in the magnificent views and enjoy that two to three hours ride along the coast with sea breezes brushing against your face.
Bike rentals are available near Hualien Train Station (front exit). For example, at Giant (捷安特), the prices range from TWD100 to 300 per day, depending on the type of the bike selected.
- You can rent a bike in Giant Bicycle Store near Hualien train station (front station), the price is around TWD100~300/day, depending on the level of the bicycle.