The famous east coast bikeway grand tour crosses the border between Hua-lian and Tai-tung, from Shihmen, Hua-lian to Chang-pin, Tai-tung.
The overall length is approximately 27 kilometers. 10 kilometers of it is in Hua-lian.
There is a tourist DM folder in East Coast Area Administration Hua-lian Tourist Center suggesting that you should commence this grand tour in Shihmen.
If you have time and stamina, you can commence in Ji-qi. The journey from Ji-qi to Shihmen is 22 kilometers long.
Heading south on Highway 11 from Ji-qi, you will return to the seashore. Magnificent Pacific Ocean scenery can be admired along the way.
Dawan Tourist Center and Shihmen Tourist Center
You will pass by Dawan Tourist Center and Shihmen Tourist Center. Their enjoyable view of the deep blue ocean is worth stopping by.
With 0.1% to 0.5% gradient, the path from Shihmen to Tropic of Cancer is quite flat. The bike ride should be fairly easy. There are also numerous attractions along the way.
For instance, there are Stone Stairs Harbor, Stone Stairs Platform, Moon Cave, Gangkou Village, Siou-gu-luan River mouth, Chang-hong Bridge, Jingpu Relics, Tropic of Cancer marker and more.
Stone Stairs Harbor
Stone Stairs Harbor is the birthplace of whale-watching activities in Taiwan. There is a large cement pillar sign, which you can't miss.
You'll have an over ninety percent chance of seeing whales and dolphins when putting out to sea from here. There are also fish markets and restaurants if you like some seafood.
Furthering south a little, you'll arrive at Stone Stairs Platform Scenic Area.
With coral reefs and various marine abrasion platforms, this place is a natural geology classroom. The campground is well equipped. It's very romantic to take a walk under the moon and listen to waves crashing to the shore.
This is also a major location for aboriginal tribes who host Fishing Festival every mid June and Harvesting Festival every late July.
These are aboriginal festivals. Please don't treat the festivals like a show if you do get invited
Moon Cave is a stalactite cave with a length of 176 meters and height of 25 meters.
Water inside the cave accumulated into a small 5-meter-long pond . It's a sacred aboriginal site.
Gangkou Tribe is an important archaeological site. The Dutch landed in eastern Taiwan during the 17th century, and many legends and stories ensued.
There are two Chang-hong bridges, one old and one new, connecting Gangkou Tribe and Jing-pu Tribe and crossing Siou-gu-luan River. The new bridge is bright orange in color. You can see the river mouth and Sibulan Volcanic Island.
Siou-gu-luan River is almost becoming an alternative name for rafting activities in Taiwan.
It is also the terminal station for rafting. Standing on Chang-hong Bridge, you can see rubber boats lifted by cranes from the river to the lower reaches.
After passing through Chang-hong Bridge, you'll arrive at Jing-pu Tribe. This tribe discovered the cultural relics of pottery from previous aboriginal people. You can find more detailed information in Taitung National Museum of Prehistory.
There are three Tropic of Cancer landmarks in Taiwan. There are one in Chai-yi, and two in Hua-lian of which the east coast is one.
Tropic of Cancer divides the torrid zone and subtropical zone. You get to experience the shadowless phenomenon under the sun when standing by the tower at noon on the summer solstice.