Northeast and Yilan Coast named finalist in ‘ tourism’s Nobel’
Northeast Taiwan was recently named a finalist in the Destination Award category of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015 (2015
). The awards, which were announced in Madrid on April 15, are known as the “Nobel prize in tourism,” according to the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration (
). Featuring heavily in the administration’s bid in the awards is the Old Caoling Trail CircleLine Bikeway (
) in Fulong ( ). The trail, Taiwan’s first and only contestant in the Destination Award, emerged from the competition of 158 nominees from 57 countries and regions worldwide.
Slovenia’s capital city Ljubjana took the award while the Northeast and Yilan Coast and Bulgar- ia’s Sozopol are listed as finalists. The Old Caoling Tunnel (
) , now known as the Old Caoling Trail Circle- Line Bikeway, was originally 2.167 kilometers in length and was constructed during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Due to the electrification of railways and the unusable single track, a newer tunnel was constructed in 1986, and the old tunnel was abandoned for nearly two decades until it was reopened in 2009 as a tourist biking trail.
Through years of effort, the administration transformed the tunnel into the charming, renovated biking trail it is today, inextricably binding local history and culture with its long, winding path. The Old Caoling Trail also kick-started the economic growth of Fulong, encouraging its local businesses to grow by paving the way for environmentally friendly tourism and sustainable development.
(Top) The Old Caoling Trail Circle-Line Bikeway ( ) looks out over beautiful scenery. The bikeway was reopened by the Northeast Coast and Yilan National Scenic Area Administration (
) in 2009, enabling tourists to feast their eyes on the coasts of Northeastern Taiwan while enjoying biking at the same time. (Above) Tourists cycle through the Old Caoling Trail Circle-Line Bikeway (
), originally a railway path, as shown in this photo taken in 2013. Formerly known as the Old Caoling Tunnel, it was renovated as a tourist biking path and opened for tourists to walk and cycle along in 2009.