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Cycling festival at Sun Moon Lake attracts large crowds

Cycling festival at Sun Moon Lake attracts large crowds

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) More than 3,000 people from Taiwan and other countries attended the 2015 Taiwan Cycling Festival at Sun Moon Lake Sunday to take part in cycling challenges and enjoy a carnival filled with music, dance and circus performances. The "Come! Bikeday" festival opened at the Xiangshan Visitor Center (??????) along with the launch of various cycling routes, including the 50-kilometer Tanan(??) Tribal Village Challenge, the 30-km Round the Lake Challenge, and the 6-km Classic Ride. Other activities, including a children's push bike competition, a performance by the Ten Drum Art Percussion Group, a unicycle clown show and aerobic dance, were held on the vast lawn of the visitor center, attracting crowds of local and foreign visitors. The foreign visitors were from 13 countries, including the United States, Japan, South Africa and Belgium, according to the organizers. The festival was also attended by Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (???), Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration Director Chang Jenn-chyan (???), and Nantou Magistrate Lin Ming-chen (???). Named by CNN as one of "the 10 Breathtaking Cycling Routes" in the world in 2012, the cycling trail surrounding Sun Moon Lake in the landlocked county of Nantou has forged a sisterhood relationship with the bike path on the Nishiseto Expressway in Japan.
The nearly 60km-long Nishiseto Expressway connects Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture and Imabari in Ehime Prefecture, going through nine of the Geiyo Islands. It has a scenic sea view and can be easily crossed with bicycles and mopeds, as well as cars. Representatives of the Hiroshima, Ehime and Shizuoka prefectures were on hand at Sunday's festival to promote the beauty of their bike paths. (By Hsiao Po-yang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:17 GMT+08:00