Eastern Taiwan coastal highway, which is Highway 11, has many road segments with Pacific Ocean on one side and beautiful mountain scenery on the other side.
Centering on the community, you can pick a scenic spot along the coastal highway to experience the most beautiful coastal highway in Taiwan while participating in bicycle-roaming activities.
You don't have to bike through the entire trip. There are bicycle rentals readily accessible near attractions.
The coastal highway is as long as 178 kilometers. You can arrange for at least six secluded bicycle tours. We'll introduce them to you one by one.
There are four hidden paths in Tai-tung. Starting from the north, there is "Zhong-yong Hidden Bicycle Path" near the border between Hua-lian and Tai-tung.
Zhong-yong Hidden Bicycle Path is in the vicinity of Chang-pin Community. There are two archaeological sites here: Baxian Cave and Chang-kwan Site.
Entering Tai-tung from Hua-lian, you'll first arrive at Baxian Cave Site situated above Baxian Cave Visitor Center.
Heading up from the visitor center, you'll find sea caves, such as Baxian Cave and Chao-yin cave.
"Baxian" and "Chao-yin" in Baxian Cave are main characters from the stories of traditional Chinese legends and religions.
This archaeological site is a part of Chang-pin culture, which is actually the earliest Taiwan culture thus far.
There was initially a temple where Chang-pin culture was discovered. After some negotiations in 2016, the temple was taken down. There was still full of scrap from the takedown when we arrived.
Aside from the sea caves and explanation boards, there are no actual archaeological relics in Baxian Cave.
You'll need to go to Tai-tung National Museum of Prehistory in order to see those valuable archaeological relics.
Head south from Baxian Cave and you'll arrive in Chang-pin Community.
Entering 13 East from the township office and then getting back on Highway 11, you'll arrive at the "Zhong-yong Hidden Bicycle Path" route.
This country road with a gradient of only 4 percent has an overall length of 5 kilometers, traversing the field beneath the coastal range.
In addition to the gorgeous scenery of terraces, if you head north on Highway 11 for a bit, there is an archaeological site from megalithic culture in prehistoric times, known as "Chang-Kwan Site."
The photos below are the introduction and relics in National Museum of Prehistory.
Shihmen Rest Area
If you have enough stamina and time, you can bike starting from Shihmen Rest Area in Hua-lian to unfold the magnificent route along the eastern coastline.
It's absolutely spectacular to bike all the way along the coastline.
You will also pass by famous attractions, such as Stone Stair Terrace and Chang-hong Bridge in Hua-lian and the landmark Tropic of Cancer. Pay attention to the more rapid changes of the terrain at the border between Hua-lian and Tai-tung.