Surrounded by mountains, Sun Moon Lake’s hazy early mornings and beautiful afternoon sunsets have always attracted travelers from near and far. Not only can you enjoy visiting the lake by boat, you can also bike around the lake to enjoy the views. The bikeway terrain along the lake rises and falls and can be challenging at times, but is suitable to those of you who like a little challenge. On the other hand, those who like a more leisure pace may choose to ride on the short distance bike lane. Known for the high and low rolling hills, every bike lane in Puli Township is a personal challenge. The windy road and views of the rolling mountain compete for attention. You might even hike up to Mt. Jinlong to enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
If you want to experience the small town lifestyle or savor the fun in chasing after the little train, you may want to choose the Jiji Green Tunnel and Shuili Shui’an Bikeway. These bikeways provide natural shades, lakeside views, and you can even hear the whistling sounds of the little train. These experiences will definitely add unexpected memory to your bike tour. Those of you who like to enjoy the scenery while biking must not miss the chance to explore the wonderful things in the Sun Moon Lake area!
The sceneries in Sun Moon Lake are beautiful, and there are a variety of cherry blossoms planted in the area. The cherry blossom season each year is from February to March.
To take advantage of the cherry blossom season, a 50-kilometer bike route starts from Tannan allows visitors to explore the indigenous tribe and experience its beautiful culture. Come experience an unmatched Tannan tour!
Jiji in Nantou possesses beautiful and tranquil mountain scenery. The railroad culture is an inseparable part of Jiji and Checheng, two quiet, leisure rustic towns. By combining two features – railroad and biking – the leisure Checheng-Jiji biking event is designed to suit most bikers. This tour is great for bikers to experience the beauty of rustic small towns.
Both the Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival and the Come! Bikeday Festival take place during the late autumn season. Targeting different age group abilities, challenging bike tours surrounding the lake, relaxing easy bike tour, and Children’s push bike events will be held. Each year, thousands of visitors come to participate in these festivals, and create the theme of “Biking in the day, and Music and Fireworks at night”.
To feature the temples and holy places near Sun Moon Lake and honor the wishes for the new year, the “Lake Bike Ride and Prayor” event is organized.
Located near Sun Moon Lake, Wenwu Temple, Longfeng Temple, Xuanzang Temple and the Church of Christ on the Hanbi Peninsula are all institutions of different religious faiths. On New Year’s Eve, visitors are encouraged to bike around the lake and visit the temples and church to pray for a healthy and peaceful year. In addition, on December 31 the final highlight of the year – the New Year Happiness Activity Series - will be held at Shuishe and Ita Thao Wharf, where the New Year Fireworks Concert will be held in both places to welcome the new year with visitors.
Recommended Bike Routes
The Sun Moon Lake Bikeway was selected by CNNgo, the online streaming platform of CNN, as the world’s top10 most beautiful bikeways. Biking along beautiful scenery, tasting delicious Ita Thao indigenous cuisine, enjoying beautiful sceneries from morning and evening are all great reasons for embarking on the Sun Moon Lake bike tour.
Puli Township sits in a verdant basin surrounded by rolling hills. Every bike trail offers a challenge and a good way to work off some extra pounds. However, the winding and challenging mountain bike path offers great views - farmlands, mountains and valley streams - that take you directly from Puli to Sun Moon Lake. This area is great for bikers who crave a challenge with their friends.
Shuili and Checheng used to have a booming logging industry. Biking here offers views of the clear Shuili stream and nostalgic Jiji railroad and trains. Whether you depart from Shuili’s waterfront bikeway or from the rustic, quaint railroad station in Checheng, both bikeways are fantastic.
When you visit the famous nostalgic small town of Jiji, you must not miss the chance of biking in the Green Tunnel. The verdant eucalyptus green tunnel is alongside the railroad where you can see the little train traversing by. Taking a coffee break to enjoy the small town scenery gives you the most unique experience when biking in Jiji.