Hualien to Taitung - Highway #9

Overview

Highway #9 is another route connecting Hualien and Taitung and paralleling Highway #11. This one is a great option for beginners thanks to the flat terrain and the access to many rest points. So don’t worry if you are not used to long-distance cycling. Highway #9 is as just as awesome as Highway #11. The highway doesn’t have oceanic views but it features spectacular sites of mountains, rivers and farming communities along the way.

You’ll get a chance to dive into authentic Taiwanese culture on this ride, and visit many interesting places such as the beautiful Liyu Carp Lake, or stop at Hualien Sugar Factory for delicious ice cream.

Terrain

Most of Highway #9 is pretty flat.

Access

The ride starts from Hualien Train Station in Hualien.

Food and drink

Highway #9 offers more options for food supplies and catering service.

More details

The trip can be completed in three days with 60km of cycling per day.

Day 1: Hualien to RuiSui

On the first day, head south from Hualien Train Station. On the way, you can stop at Liyu Lake which is the largest lake in Eastern Taiwan to take pictures and enjoy the views. Another attraction on the way to Guangfu is Lintienshan Forestry Park. You can have a short trip here in the park to learn about Taiwan’s forestry traditions by taking a look at their museum exhibitions. Leaving the park, continue south to Guangfu where you can have delicious ice cream at the Sugar Factory. If you are tired, you can easily find a lovely hostel in town, or you can rest in RuiSui which is around 20km from GuangFu.

Day 2: RuiSui to ChiSang

From Ruisui to Yuli, you’ll leave Highway #9 and cycle along County Road #193. This road is less traffic and very enjoyable. YuLi is an interesting town where we suggest you should spend some times staying here to explore the area. This place is home of two fascinating trails: Walami Trail ad YuFu Cycling Path. While Walami Trail is the best place to experience the uber-green subtropical rainforest and diverse wildlife, YuFu Bike Trail is a landmark of YuLi Town. This trail is a branch of Antong Bike Trail which extends the first half of 10km of the old abandoned railway. This railway bike path is the first one to be organized in Taiwan. When you fed up YuLi, it’s not too late to continue to ChiSang for more attractions such as the Brown Boulevard and GuanShan.

Day 3: ChiSang to TaiTung

Complete the last kms from ChiSang to TaiTung. Remember to give you a reward when you get to Taitung. You deserve it.

Further info

You don’t need to worry too much if your bike has problems along the way as there are bike shops and train stations along the highway.

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164.245 km / 102.057 mi

Total Distance

1,034 m / 3,393 ft

Total Ascent

1,001 m / 3,285 ft

Total Descent

303 m / 995 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: Multi-day
Fitness Level: Medium
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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