Circle Taiwan With a Bike – A New Trend for Japanese

Among the 60 % of foreigners who participated in this round-island cycling event, a Japanese journalist talks about him getting deeply moved by the beauty of the east coast, the cheers of the passer-bys, and the potential he sees in Taiwan tourism.

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Cycling the East Coast with MyTaiwanTour (part two of two)

Waking up to the sound of rain on the roof is never a great omen on a cycling tour, and was even less so for me as guide since I knew that the first half of the day would be filled with winding mountain roads. But the group was in good spirits nonetheless as we rolled down the hill from Ruisui heights, rain gear flapping wetly as we rode. The rain slowed to a drizzle around the time we reached the bottom of a road which, for my money, is one of the finest in Taiwan: Route 64, AKA Monkey Mountain Road.

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Cycling the East Coast with MyTaiwanTour (part one of two)

Although I’d only known Brandon and Emily for an hour (including time taken to adjust their bicycles), I felt like I was riding with old friends. A line in Emily’s final tour confirmation email had tipped me off to the fact that this would be an interesting tour.

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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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