- HouFeng Bike Path Ride Summary
- VIDEO: Riding inside HouFeng Bike Path Tunnel
- Crossing Old Steel Railway Bridge
- VIDEO: HouFeng Bike Path Bridge View
- Local Road #47
- VIDEO: Local #47 Descend
- VIDEO: Shuang Xi to ZuoLan
- ZuoLan to MiaoLi
- TaiAn Old Station & Back
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HouFeng Bike Path Ride Summary
- Self Ride
- Starting/ending Location: HouLi Industrial Park Parking Lot #1 中科后里園區七星基地停車場一
- Bike Length: ~ 52 km. Elevation gain: ~ 600 m.
- Hill profile: one small hill.
- Good for: Easy hang over ride.
- CAUTION: Cars at bike lane intersection may not stop.
- Route Highlights:
I’ve wanted to ride TaiChung’s HouFeng Bike Path (后豐自行車道) for a while but didn’t did it until now. One reason was lack of clear complete bike path information: for some reasons the Taiwan government never bothered to put out clear bike path information on the Internet. LOL.
With a bit hang over during Tomb Sweeping holidays I decided to give it a shot. I choose the HouLi entrance because it was close to a free parking spot.
HouLi starting point.
My first impression of the HouFeng Bike Path was that it was wider than bike paths in the US. Road quality was good, but not as slick as the US ones.
Soon we entered the old railway tunnel.
VIDEO: Riding inside HouFeng Bike Path Tunnel
Crossing Old Steel Railway Bridge
After the tunnel was an old steel railway bridge converted to bike path, crossing Da Jia River (大甲溪). The riverbed here was unique due to the 921 earthquake.
VIDEO: HouFeng Bike Path Bridge View
Throughout the way HouFeng bike path had few intersections. Be careful when crossing, as (unfortunately) Taiwanese drivers usually didn’t stop for cyclists.
Careful when you cross!
The bike path soon merged with the next bike path section, forming a “V” shape.
HouFeng Bike Path had two sections. Left was where we came from, and right was where we would head for.
The other entrance of the bike path near FengYuan.
Hoe many signs you need for a bike path? LOL.
A weird sky bridge in the middle of HouFeng Bike Path.
The sign asked you to walk your bike. Really funny for a “bike path”.
The bike path soon crossed Da Jia River again into DongShi (東勢), the eastern side of TaiChung great for the Big Snow Mountain climbing route.
Arriving the end of HouFeng Bike Path
Local Road #47
Since HouFeng Bike Path was only ~15 km in length, I decided to add more mileage by climbing the Local #47 (中47) road. This road was nice and steady. It felt like the famous Route #136 but with much less traffic.
The background mountain was the great Big Snow Mountain.
There were a few aboriginal villages along Local #47.
There were many persimmon fields along Local #47.
Western side view of the highest point.
Eastern side view.
VIDEO: Local #47 Descend
Aboriginal village welcome gate.
Near the end of our ride on Local #47 was the Shuan Qi Village (雙崎部落), right on top of the river side.
Great Da Jia River valley view. We would soon return from the other side
Eastern side of Da Jia River valley. You could see more from this previous ride.
Great switch back from the village down to the river.
VIDEO: Shuang Xi to ZuoLan
ZuoLan to MiaoLi
After Shuang Xi we crossed the river to the other side called ZuoLan. Here was a great long bike/scooter path great for sprinting.
Great, straight road with bike/scooter path along the river!
Provincial #3 Highway bridge that we crossed.
Sign of Leopard cat, an endangered animal that caught quite some attention in recent years.
As I don’t like heavy traffic, I soon went onto local road again to TaiAn 泰安.
It said “All hail the emperor Mr. Lai!” I searched online and couldn’t find this person.
Bald cypress (落雨松) plantation.
TaiAn Old Station & Back
Our last stop of our HouFeng Bike Path ride was to pass through an old train station at TaiAn. Cool to see but not too interesting.