There are few places in the world where you can so quickly and completely be enfolded in the tender embrace of nature than in Taiwan. From rock climbing to jungle treks, there are active pursuits for everyone, but one of the most scenic is a rice paddy bike ride in Chishang.
The southeastern Taiwan city of Chishang, known around the country for its rice production, sits in the Eastern Rift Valley, a long, fertile plain flanked by the Central Mountain Range to the west and the Coastal Mountain Range to the east. These geographical facts don’t prepare the visitor for the shear beauty of the seemingly endless fields of rice, through which bike trails have been created. Just rent a bike at your hotel and follow the well-marked paths for a 10-kilometer ride the likes of which you’ve never before experienced.
From workers toiling in the fields to quiet moments of introspection in front of a lotus-filled pond, this natural experience isn’t just reinvigorating for your body, but is a much-needed wake up for your soul as well.
AFAR Ambasador Matt Long traveled to Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.