Yufu Bikeway

Welcome to Taiwan, I am Po yu Lin. I love to ride bikes, because I like the feeling of seeing, what I want at my own speed! For this bike trip, I’m going somewhere with many world-class natural attractions – Hualien.
Hualien Is a good place, I think it’s beautiful, have a ocean here, have a mountains here, and Clean air. Hualien is Taiwan’s largest county by land area, and some say that it’s also one of the island’s prettiest. It’s worth mentioning that, Hualien was voted 7th in Asia, in Trip Advisor’s Destinations, on the Rise awards in 2016. Taroko National Park, the East Rift Valley, and other scenic, regions in Hualien all proved popular among netizens, and so our goal for today’ s trip, is to visit some of these one-of-a-kind attractions. The path is called Yufu Bikeway. It’s about 10 kilometers long, the coolest parts, is that it goes over a “rising bridge.” Doesn’t that sound novel? Let’s take a look.
Located between Hualien’s Yuli and Fuli Townships, the Yufu Bikeway is a scenic road, built along the route of an old railway line. Aside from its amazing scenery, the path also passes a geological site, that’s the only one of its kind in the world. Look! One of my feet is on the Eurasian plate, and another one is on the Philippine Sea plate! So the section of bridge spans the fault at the boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate, right? Yes, that's right, every year, the ground here rises about 2 centimeters. What an unforgettable experience! Riding on the fault, between these two tectonic plates, and on this rising bikeway, miles of verdant rice paddies stretch out, like puzzle pieces, creating a stunning collage and putting me in a good mood!
It’s used to be an old train station. Stopping here, it feels like you’re waiting for the next train to arrive. Yufu Bikeway is smooth and straight, letting travelers focus instead, on the surrounding scenery. It’s not too long before we reach the end of the path, Dongli Cycling Station. The old Dongli Train Station, has been kept remarkably intact. But what’s especially interesting to me, is that there’s a tree on the roof of the platform! Besides this meeting of architecture and mother nature, the platform at Dongli Train Station offers vast panoramas, and glimpses of trains making their way through the rice paddies, making it a must-see on your trip.
At the end of my bike trip, I head back to Yuli, where I have the special local cuisine waiting for me. Local people recommend me this wheel pancake. It’s a great deal, and must eat snake when you come to Yuli. It’s Creamy, fantastic. It’s been an unforgettable bike expedition in Hualien! If you also like to ride, come to Hualien to ride the Yufu Bikeway for yourself.

 

花東縱谷單車之旅(花蓮)

歡迎來到台灣,我是林柏妤。我愛騎車!因為喜歡在旅行時,可以循著自己的速度!這趟單車之旅!我來到擁有許多世界級美景的,花蓮。
花蓮是個好地方,我覺得很美,有海、有山、有好空氣。花蓮是全台面積最大的縣份,也可說是全台最美麗的地方,值得一提的是,花蓮曾獲亞洲第7名的旅遊點,由TripAdvisor所舉辦「世界新興景點」,在2016的票選活動,太魯閣國家公園,花東縱谷等多處風景區,均獲網友青睞,於是我們今天的旅行目的地,將拜訪一處全球唯一的景點。這條路線叫玉富自行車道,全長大約10公里,最酷的是,其中有一段「會長高的橋」,聽起來是不是很新奇呢?我們來去瞧瞧吧!
位於花蓮玉里鎮與富里鄉之間,玉富自行車道的前身,是一條舊鐵道,除了沿途有迷人的風景外,旅途中還能見證特殊地理景觀,是全世界獨一無二的。你看這腳踏在歐亞大陸板塊上,而另一腳是踏在菲律賓海板塊!所以從橋看出去的這一段,就是介於歐亞大陸板塊,與菲律賓海板塊的交接處嗎?是的,沒有錯,而且每年地面還會上升2公分。這真是令人難忘的奇特經驗!繼續騎著車,馳騁於兩大板塊的斷層之上,而在這座會長高的單車道,看著綿延的綠色稻田,有如拼圖般,拼出美景也拼出我的好心情。
這裡過去是一座車站,在這停歇,感覺像在等候火車的到來。玉富自行車道沿途平坦、筆直,是一條讓旅人能專心,看風景的自行車路線!沒多久就抵達到自行車道終點,東里鐵馬驛站。這裡原是舊東里車站,如今站體保持非常完整。不過有一處很吸引我的目光,看月台上的屋頂長了一顆樹。除了建築與自然共生的特色外,從月台眺望遠方的東里火車站,看到火車開在稻海上的畫面,也是一個不能錯過的景色。
結束了單車之旅,返回玉里,等著我的是當地特色美食!當地人向我推薦這車輪餅,這也是來玉里必吃的小點心。這奶油口味也太濃郁了吧!這是趟令人難忘的單車之旅!如果你也喜歡騎單車,來花蓮玉富自行車道就對了!