Sun Moon Lake has the world’s most beautiful bike lane, in this morning ride, breeze blowing and accompanied by lakes and mountains, is the best cycling experience.
Taipei – Hou Fon Biking Trail(Biking)-Dong Fon Biking Green Corridor(Biking) – Road of Philosophy Bikeway(Biking in Puli Township)-Feeling18℃Hand Made Chocolate – Sun Moon Lake (Hotel)
Hotel： HARBOR HOTEL or similar
Day2: 32km Degree：★★☆☆☆
Hotel – Sun Moon Lake Cycling Trail(Biking along Lakeside for one Cycle) – Paper Church – Kuang Hsing Paper Mill- Taipei(Your hotel or meet point)
- TOUR NO.-D2-1
- Departure Day Monday~Thurday
- PRICE :NT$8000/perperson
Pick-up service at your hotel(Taipei downtown)
Accommodation*1night(twin or double bed room)
Tickets for entrance
- Minimum 4 pax
* Time subject to practical arrangements
* Please wear casual sportswear suit
* Sun protection will be needed & Drinking more water during the cycling
* Please advise your height in advance for the suitable bike arrangement
* Please bring simple luggage
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 am. After 2 hour car ride, we will arrive at the tour’s starting spot (Hou Fon Biking Trail/ Hou Lee beggining). First, we will ride 4.5 km biking trail to FengYuan. We will have lunch here.
- Hou Feng Biking Trail:5km riding distance including an iron bridge and a tunnel
- Dong Feng Biking Green Corridor: 12km riding distance. During this riding through the market,you can find some unique Taiwanese snacks here. You also can enjoy the scenic green mountains, pure water and mesmerizing forest scenery on the way. We will also ride across an iron bridge, where you can observe the river bank . After riding for some time, we will arrive at our destination—Hakka Culture Center.
- Road of Philosophy Bikeway: 10km riding distance. The bikeway start from Geographic Center of Taiwan to earth-mother temple.
- Feeling18℃Hand Made Chocolate: Provide thoughtful reminders and cold packs to ensure their chocolates stay at a constant 18 ℃ in order to preserve the best flavor. You can taste several kinds of handmade ice creams and chocolates.
Dinner: Sun Moon restaurant (Local foods Meals)
Stay : HARBOR HOTEL or similar
We will start our biking at 8:00am from the hotel we stayed. Because it is the most famous that the Sun Moon Lake beautiful scenery in early morning.
- Wenwu Temple: The bronze statue of a seated Confucius makes this also the only Confucius temple in Taiwan that contains an image of the sage. In addition to Confucius, there are also statues of his disciples, Mencius and Zihsih. These three images originally came from Mainland China. They were taken to Japan to escape the Boxer Rebellion near the end of the Qing Dynasty; later on, they were reproduced and brought to Wenwu Temple.Another interesting feature of the temple is the two vermillion stone lions on the two sides of the front plaza. They were donated by Wu Huo-shih, the late chairman of the Shin Kong Life Insurance Company, whose name meant “fire lion.”
- Year of Steps at Wenwu temple: There are now 366 steps covering the 150-meter distance, symbolizing the 366 days in a year (including an extra day in leap year). At the step that represents the first day of each month, there is now a platform where people can stop and rest. Information related to the 24 solar periods is also carved into the steps, so that visitors can learn something about China’s traditional folk culture as they slowly ascend the steps.
- Ita Thao: Once known as Dehua Village, this is the main Thao settlement. Traditional Thao performances and cultural exhibitions are offered here, as well as a shopping area full of Thao atmosphere.
- Syuentzang Temple: The temple is divided into two levels, one where the remains of the monk Xuanzang are worshipped, and the other, where the golden Sakyamuni Buddha is worshipped.During World War II, the Japanese got Xuanzang’s remains from Nanjing. They were enshrined and worshipped at the Jion-ji Temple in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture. In 1955, the remains were taken to Taiwan, where they were enshrined and worshipped in Xuanguang Temple, located next to Sun Moon Lake. After Xuanzang Temple was completed in November 1965, the remains were relocated here.
- Ci En Pagoda: Ci En Pagoda was built by the late President Chiang Kai-shek in memory of his mother. It was completed in April 1971 and sits on the 954 meter-high Shabalan Mountain.The pagoda is 46 meters tall, bringing its top to an even 1,000 meters above sea level. It has an imposing traditional Chinese style and is divided into nine stories. Visitors can climb to the top, where they have a magnificent view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
- Syuanguang Temple: During the war between China and Japan, a Japanese person managed to acquire a fragment of Master Syuanzang’s bones from Nanjing. It was taken to Ci’en Temple in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture, where it was enshrined. In 1952, this piece of bone was brought to Taiwan, and after Syuanguang Temple was built at Sun Moon Lake in 1958, Master Syuanzang’s bone piece was placed there and enshrined.
This temple lies between Sun Lake and Moon Lake. Inside is a golden idol of Master Syuanzang, above which is written, “Great National Scholar”.
- Yuetan Bicycle Path: The Yuetan Bicycle Path is an eight-kilometer stretch from Syuanzang Temple via Huantan Tunnel No. 1 to the Mingtan Water Outlet The path meanders through beautiful scenery and gives cyclists a wonderful view out onto the Toushe Basin to the south and Qinglong Mountain to the north.
- Xiangshan Visitor Center:The uniquely designed building has wood-patterned exteriors and wings that stretch like human arms embracing the earth. In addition, the two giant canopy structures, 34 meters long and 8 meters tall each, allow people to enjoy beautiful views of the Sun Moon Lake on top.
After our Sun Moon Lake whole cycle biking, we back to the hotel. We arrange a Taiwan
old ages meals as our lunch.
- Paper Church: The church is held up by 58 paper columns and even the bench chairs in the church are made using paper. This was designed to convey the message that materials as soft as paper can hold up a building; the roof, exterior and even the rectangular corridors are both made of fiber-reinforced plastics and sunshine shoots through the roof to present a sacred atmosphere for the church.
- Kuang Hsing Paper Mill:The history of papermaking at Puli Township can be traced to the Japanese Occupation Period. During the heyday of paper making, there were over 50 paper mills in Puli alone. Kuang Hsing Paper Mill was established in 1965 and was originally named Kuang Hsing Paper Crafting and Processing Facility. In 1973, the factory began manufacturing handcrafted xuan paper and changed its name to Kuang Hsing Paper Mill. Facing stiff competition from mechanical production, the modern Kuang Hsing Paper Mill is now focused on recreation and tourism. A Puli Paper Industry and Cultural Exhibit was established in order to provide guided tours on papermaking. Visitors are allowed to view the entire papermaking process and observe master craftsmen practicing the art of papermaking. A variety of DIY activities is provided as well.
Finally, we will conclude our tour with the paper DIY activities. After that, we will transport you back to your hotels by 7:30 pm.