This one takes in the best of both Highway #9 AND Highway #11 to ride a circuit loop between Hualien to Taitung.
Highway #9 and #11 both offer fantastic views: one features mountainous sights, and one reflects the glistering water of the Pacific Ocean. We bet some of you can’t make up your mind which route to take. So how about combining those two to make an entire trail with both alpine views and sea breezes?
By utilizing Highway #30, you can have the best of both worlds. For the first half of the ride, the beauty of East Rift Valley will capture all your attention before stepping down to let the stunning coastline views take over the ride. However, you'll also need reasonably good physical strength as well as riding experience as the terrain of Highway #30 is a little demanding. Still, this route might be the best one for those who love to see many attractions along the way, and who want the challenge.
Though you avoid the most difficult section of Highway #11 (the climb near Niushan) and enjoy half of the ride on flat terrain, the real challenge only begins when you enter Highway #30. The terrain is a little tricky at this part which takes you through mountains.
The ride starts from Hualien Train Station in Hualien.
Food and drink
You’ll find many eateries along Highway #9, while the catering service is less dense in Highway #11.
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