Day 3 – ‘EYE OF TAIWAN’
Wedged between some serious climbing in day 2 and day 4, day 3 offers a more gentle pedal along the coast. Heading south around the eye of Taiwan, we will soak in views of the pacific before a short climb to Wufenchi Waterfall and the foothills of the central mountain range. Whilst our climbing is minimal, that’s not to say we won’t be taking in the spectacular!
After the rigours of two spectacular climbs up to Shifen Waterfall and Jiufen on day 2, you will have earned a slightly more relaxed day following the coastline south to the foothills of the central mountain range.
Leaving as a group from Fulong we will soon reach Sandiaojiao Cape, and what at first glance, may appear to be just another lighthouse.
This lighthouse, however, marks the ‘Eye of Taiwan’, and the point at which the East China Sea meets the Pacific. A WWII battlefield during the Pacific campaign, it is at this spot that an enormous underwater fault running south all the way from Okinawa in Japan, reaches Taiwan. This fault often creates a startling difference between the two bodies of water, visible at the same time from Sandiaojiao. To your right, you will notice that the pacific is calm and tranquil, whilst to the left, the East China Sea miraculously transforms into waves, swell and spray.
From the cape, we continue south along the coastal road, taking in stunning views of the pacific, before eventually turning inland near Toucheng. A very short climb into the foothills near Jiaoxi, and we arrive at our lunch spot for the day – Wufengchi Waterfall.
Wufengchi is one of the tallest waterfalls on the island, and also has a deep natural pool at the base, ideal for paddling and swimming.
After a leisurely lunch of traditional Taiwanese dishes, and a dunk in the refreshing waters, we have a short ride through the paddy fields surrounding Yilan, before we reach our hotel for the evening in Luodong. Here you can explore the town, take a hike out into the surrounding countryside, or if you’re mad enough to attempt it, prepare yourself for the toughest climb in east Asia on Day 4!
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