From the hotel we drive to Fusing to start our ride. At 350 m in pine country we climb gently and top off at 1,240 m, but it won't be strenuous. Through lush forests with thick mosses and ferns the narrow road gives the whole place a Jurassic aura.
We ride straight from the hotel to start our ascent of the Central Cross Island Link taking us to just under 2000 m and the high altitude plateau of Wuling. The scenery is spectacular up here and the air fresh.
We start the day by continuing up the north cross island highway to Li Shan, and after 25 km we are at the highest point, just above 2,000m. We then descend into one of the most remote parts of the island, a highlight of the trip!
Today we tackle the highest road in East Asia at 3275m. Start with a 32 km climb up 2,175m then there's an exhilarating ride down some 3270m into Taroko National Park and the world famous Taroko Gorge.
Take a break off the bikes by visiting and hiking in Taroko Gorge. We will visit the Siangde Temple with a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top and walk the Tunnel of Nine Turns trail.
From Taroko Gorge we ride out onto the east coast and into the superb East Rift Valley. The undulating route hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous Aboriginal villages. We overnight at yet another wonderful hot spring resort!
We head south and then up into the Badlands area and enjoy splendid views from our deserted mountain road. We eventually connect with back roads to the lush Jhihben River valley, where the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.
Today's ride takes us over the top of the Capricorn pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting and to the southern most point of Formosa. We stop for a photo op at the southernmost point of Taiwan.
Starting early in the morning from our guest house we'll explore the southern part of Taiwan which has the most dramatic coast line and the best beaches on the island.
Our last ride of the tour to our last hot spring of the tour. The ride starts off along the coast then turns inland and we cycle along the banks of the Lao Nong river for our soak in the hot springs.
Transfer to Kaohsiung where you can catch a flight or the high speed train (highly recommend!) to Taipei or to your Kaoshiung hotel.