Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
7th November, 2012

The Roaring Silence


A view of Bitan

No cars, no buses, no scooters, no trucks, no horn-honking, no loudspeakers selling aluminum net doors, no sirens. But it’s not quiet. Instead, there’s a roaring silence. There are birds singing, insects humming, the sound of mountain streams, the breeze going through the trees, your own heartbeat (topped 176 yesterday) and your own (very heavy) breathing.

A break

Taking a break in Bitan

In short: it’s wonderful, and one of the main reasons we like biking here in Taipei, and Shizaitoushan is one of the nicest rides there is because it includes very little city riding, and a total elevation gain of about 1,000m, topping about 660m.


The view from Shizaitoushan, or Lion head Mountain
Facts Here is a map on my Garmin page.This is in fact a great ride as it bypasses almost all city riding, totaling about 60k from the Fuxing-Zhongxiao intersection.

6 comments to The Roaring Silence

  • JILL

    I’m coming to Taiwan for 4 days (Dec 30 – Jan 3) and was looking at for some easy (mostly flat) bike rides where I could rent a bike and just get out on a bike path, see some beautiful sights.
    I can’t figure out the bike paths! Do you have a recommendation on where I could stay that would be right on the bike path / close to renting a bike?
    I am just passing through and thought it would be fun to spend a couple days outside (and maybe one in Taipei but without a bike).

  • tbv

    Hi, Jill. I don’t know if you’ll be staying in Taipei or Taoyuan or somewhere else, but if you’re in Taipei, check this site out:
    It’s the Taipei City Government’s bike rental program, and the site has a map of all rental stations in the city, so that might help you decide where to stay. In Taipei, you have the river park that runs all around the city. It’s a good ride that can bring you all the way down to Xindian if you want, or up to Danshui or a good way on the way to Keelung. There are many entrances to the park through the sluice gates in the wall surrounding the whole city.

  • Quinn


    I just moved to Taipei and was wondering if there are any bike clubs that you’d recommend, particularly with English speakers – or a fun group of regular riders.

    Thanks, Quinn

  • Clearly you love tackling mountain sides on bike. Keep on riding!

  • frederic


    congrats for your very nice blog! I will be moving to Taipei in Sept. Do you have any bike Clubs to recommand?


  • tbv

    Hi Frederic, glad you like it 🙂 Not sure about bike clubs, we do our biking on our own or with friends. However, you can always check out the biking subforum at, a forum for foreign residents in Taiwan. Very useful for finding your way around Taiwan, and perhaps Taipei in particular.