Highway #9 is another route connecting Hualien and Taitung and paralleling Highway #11. This one is best 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 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.
Most of Highway #9 is pretty flat.
The ride starts from Hualien Train Station in Hualien.
Food and drink
Highway #9 offers more options for food supplies and catering service.
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.
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.
164.245 km / 102.057 mi
1,034 m / 3,393 ft
1,001 m / 3,285 ft
303 m / 995 ft