Bitan to Xiaogetou cycling
Muzha to Pinglin
Here's another way to get to Pinglin (and beyond) from Taipei. This route is a little longer as you are going all the way to Pinglin....
This place has everything you ever wanted to know about tea – and then some. The two floors of this classically designed museum feature...
The County Rd (北42) follows the contours of the Beishi River (the source of Taipei's drinking water) from a high perch, affording...
Most cyclists stop here, just past Xiaogetou at the very top of the pass (around 15km from Bitan, or 10km from Pinglin). The coffee shop...
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This loop ride starts out at Bitan, at the end of the Red MRT line, climbs up Provincial Hwy 9 to Xiaogetou (about 14km from Bitan) and then drops back down towards Taipei on the winding 北47 or 北47-1. The latter roads run along steep mountainsides before dropping into Shihting (石碇; Shídìng). From there it's a flat ride back to Taipei on the 106乙 via Muzha and the city bike paths.
Instead of turning back at Xiaogetou you can also continue another 10km to Pinglin. It's all downhill just past Helen Coffee and the views over the green-blue Feicui Reservoir are spellbinding.
From Pinglin, riders sometimes continue to Jiaoshi on the coast. This is about 40km further, and consists of a long climb out of Pinglin followed by a long, steep, winding descent to the alluvial plains of Ilan County.