Cycling in Taiwan – East Taiwan by Eleven and Nine

Route 11 stretches like a lazy python along Taiwan’s eastern coast. From north to south it’s roughly 300 miles of  small towns, sheer-drop cliffs, dynamite-blasted tunnels, and many spectacular (and eminently surf-able) riptide heavy beaches.  It’s a road for drivers with strong stomachs who are in no particularly hurry. Leaving Hualien early, we ride beneath watery skies, passing a series of strange statues from Chinese mythology in a parking lot overlooking the beach. At the far edge of the lot a group of travelers giggle and take pictures of something beyond the railing. It is a bare-chested mermaid sitting on a rock next to an arch bridge, wearing a Hawaiian lei.

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Taiwan’s Best Travel Spots for 2018

2018 is going to be an amazing year for Travel in Taiwan, and here at MyTaiwanTour we’re looking forward to showing visitor the wonders of our Island home. From beautiful mountain hikes to pristine surfing beaches, ancient and ornate temples to ultra-modern shopping malls, natural wonders to exquisite culinary creations, Taiwan offers such a diverse variety of experiences that one visit is never enough, and no single experience ever the same.

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Up, Up and Away in Taitung – Taiwan International Balloon Festival

Nope, even better, because while the caped Kryptonian flies solo, the hot air balloons flying the friendly skies of Taitung county are carrying people. And they’ll carry you, too, for a view of Taiwan’s magnificent East Rift Valley Scenic Area that you’ll never forget.

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Celebrating a Bountiful Millet Crop Amis Tribe – Harvest Festival in Hualien and Taitung

Once a year the Amis tribe, in vivid fashion, celebrates the annual harvest. The harvest festival’s events, staged in many indigenous villages of Hualien and Taitung, are characterized by singing, dancing, and feasting on indigenous specialties.

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The Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta – Colorful Balloons Paint the East Rift Valley

For more than two months each summer the Luye Highland (鹿野高台) north of Taitung City, is the venue for a marvelous event featuring colorful hot-air balloons, some of which have amazingly creative shapes.

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Jiaming Lake – A Hike to a Beautiful High-Mountain Lake

At an elevation of 3,520m above sea level, Jiaming Lake is Taiwan’s second-highest mountain lake, and one of its biggest. It was once thought that the lake was created by a meteor strike, but it is now believed that it was formed by glacier movement during the last ice age.

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The East Rift Valley

The east coast is often described as “isolated,” kept locked away from the rest of the island by the soaring, rugged, thick central mountains. But this is meant in a decidedly positive sense, and in a relative sense – the west and north are busy and densely populated, the east coast virginal and unspoiled, sparsely populated, laid-back, even sleepy.

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A Bit of Hawaii in the West Pacific – Places to Go in and around Taitung City

With a population of just 107,000, Taitung City doesn’t come close to being a major urban center. What it is: an excellent base from which to explore the east coast and the East Rift Valley.

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