Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan (30km)
Tired of all the hustle and bustle in Taipei? Head south and get some fresh air at Sun Moon Lake in Taichung. The entire course around the lake takes up to four hours, but it’s a flat and smooth ride embellished with the verdant beauty of palm trees and ferns, and occasionally enlivened with wildlife like frogs and birds. Hop off your bike to revel in the sunrise on Shui She Dam, or grab a quick lunch from street vendors along the way. In November you can catch the Taiwan Cycling Festival, which features a month of themed bike rides including a “Come! Bikeday” leisurely tour around Sun Moon Lake (Nov 13).
($148, ntbus.com.tw) which includes a bus ticket from Taichung to Sun Moon Lake, a boat ride around the lake’s attractions, a roundthe-lake bus pass and a bike rental voucher.
Nantou Bus Sun Moon Lake Bike Pass