Friday, March 8, 2013

Cycle easy in east Taiwan (Unity)

Off the airplane, and onto a bike. There's no better way to see east Taiwan than from the saddle of a bicycle, and you don't even need to bring your own. Several businesses in Taitung and Hualien countries rent out good bicycles, and there's a growing number of dedicated cycle trails to explore.

In the east, two-wheeled travelers can immerse themselves in a bucolic landscape of rice paddies, aboriginal villages and Hakka towns. Unlike visitors dependent on buses and trains, cyclists can stop whenever something takes their fancy, be it a folk shrine, a picturesque courtyard house, or a vendor selling custard apples or some of the other delicious fruits Taitung is famous for...

This article appears in the March-April issue of Unity; the photo shows a couple of cyclists I ran into at Taitung's railway station. 

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