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Huantan and Tannan Areas

Huantan and Tannan Areas
Huantan and Tannan Areas

The uniquely beautiful Sun Moon Lake area has pleasant scenery everywhere, which attracts numerous visitors from home and abroad. Enjoying the beautiful scenery around the lake with a leisure bike ride is a great way to explore this area.

The whole distance around the lake is approximately 30 km. You will come upon four big temples (Longfeng Temple, Wenwu Temple, Xuanzang Temple and Xuanguang Temple), and other attractions like Songbolun, Dajhuhu, Shuiwatou, Tutingzai, and Mt. Qinglong. The beautiful enchanting scenic attractions include the rich indigenous culture and natural ecosystem. The terrain rises and falls along the way presents a bit of challenge, but is very suitable for folks who like to bike while they take in the beautiful Sun Moon Lake!

環潭30km道路坡度示意圖

Biking Precautions

  • The Shuishe Dam section is a wooden trail and biking is prohibited. Please walk your bike here.
  • The roads surrounding both sides of Yongjie Bridge and Tongxin Bridge are downhill curves, please reduce your speed or walk your bike around here.
  • Along the Yuetan section of the trail is mostly downhill curves. Biking is prohibited. Please walk your bike here.
  • Please pick bike routes that are suitable for your personal strength and physical condition.
  • Each route will come to a point where it shares the road with other cars, please be sure to follow traffic regulations and signs, and pay attention to your safety.
  • Please prepare riding equipment for the entire trip, ie. helmet and gloves, and adjust your bike before taking the trip.
  • Please pay attention to safety matters during your ride, like braking safely, road conditions and obstacles, etc.
Huantan and Tannan Areas - Cycling Routes

Bikeway Features

  • During the autumn-winter seasons, there are beautiful orange red bald cypress in the Xiangshan section.
  • There are beautiful views of Sun Moon Lake’s lake and mountains along the way.
  • Rest stops are available at Shuishe and Ita Thao.
  • Explore the indigenous tribes and experience the beauty of primitive nature.

Various Bikeway Features

Huantan Bikeway
  • Degree of difficulty:★★★
  • Starting point: Xiangshan Visitor Center → Shuishe → Wenwu Temple → Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station → Ita Thao →Xiangshan Visitor Center
  • Distance: Approximately 30 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 3.5 hours

Biking around Sun Moon Lake is one of the must-try activities when you visit Sun Moon Lake. There are enchanting sceneries along the way, and delicious Ita Thao cuisine to try. You can also rest at various famous attractions and enjoy the leisure lifestyle that Sun Moon Lake offers. Furthermore, each year during the autumn months of October and November, the Come! Bikeday event is held here. Those of you who love biking should invite your friends to come along and participate in this great event!

Huantan Bikeway
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Xiangshan Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★☆☆
  • Starting point: Shuishe to Xiangshan Visitor Center
  • Distance: Approximately 3.4 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 30 minutes

The 400 meter long Shuishang Bikeway that connects Shuishe to Xiangshan Visitor Center evokes the feeling of riding on water, as you encounter attractions like Shuishe Dam, Sun Moon Lake water outlet, Yongjie Tongxin Bridge, and Xiangshan Viewing Platform.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Xiangshan Section
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Yuetan Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★★★
  • Starting point: Xiangshan Visitor Center to Lake Tunnel No. 1
  • Distance: Approximately 3.4 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 40 minutes

Start from Xiangshan Visitor Center and travel south along the Yuetan south shore, pass Toushe Dam and Yueya Bay to the entrance of Lake Tunnel No. 1. Enjoy the ecology and numerous types of trees along the way, especially views overlooking Toushe Basin, open fields and houses that line up like a chessboard from afar.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Yuetan section
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Ita Thao Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★☆☆
  • Starting point: Shuiwatou to Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station
  • Distance: Approximately 1.5 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 10 minutes

The Ita Thao section of the bikeway connects to Shuiwatou Hiking Trail and Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station. Visitors can bike to Ita Thao Lakeside Trail to enjoy the beautiful lakeside and mountain views in Sun Moon Lake.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Ita Thao section
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Songbolun Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★★☆
  • Starting point: Songbolun to Dajhuhu
  • Distance: Approximately 1.5 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 20 minutes

This section of the bikeway connects to Songbolun and Dajhuhu and the slope is quite smooth. Visitors can stop by Wenwu Temple along the way and see the beautiful scenery here, or enjoy the beautiful sunset at Dajhuhu.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Songbolun section
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Shuishe Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★★☆
  • Starting point: Shuishe Wharf to Wenwu Temple Year of Steps
  • Distance: Approximately 3.4 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 40 minutes

Start from Shuishe Wharf and ride pass Jiulongkou along the way. Due to the smooth terrain, a water platform is built here to serve as a small outdoor performance space. Stop here to enjoy the beautiful water scenery and see Ci En Pagoda, Mt. Qinglong and Mt. Erlong from afar.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Shuishe section
Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Tannan Section
  • Degree of difficulty:★★★
  • Starting point: Xiangshan Visitor Center →Toushe →Minhe → Turn left onto Provincial Highway 63 Tannan Road → Tannan → Ita Thao turn left onto Provincial Highway 21 East → Xuanzang Temple → Toushe → Xiangshan Visitor Center
  • Distance: Approximately 50 km
  • Riding time: Approximately 3.5-4 hours

This section of the bikeway is extremely difficult because most of the section is shared with other cars. Please be sure to ride along the side of the road and follow traffic regulations. There are more businesses in the areas surrounding the lake and villages in Tannan. We recommend that you bring enough supplies and charge your cell phone before departure.

Sun Moon Lake Bikeway – Tannan Section

Bike Rental Station

Giant Bicycles Sun Moon Lake Station
  • Location: Shuishe
  • TEL: 049-2856713
  • Address: 1F., No. 163, Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Suong-Meeng Bikeshop
  • Location: Shuishe
  • TEL: 049-2856691
  • Address: No. 18, Ln. 12, Zhongxing Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Sun Moon Lake Merida Bicycle Rental
  • Location: Shuishe
  • TEL: 049-2855295
  • Address: No. 25-1, Ln. 12, Zhongxing Rd., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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