Yunlin seeks to attract tourists with bicycle tours

Taipei--With the Taiwan Lantern Festival just around the corner, Yunlin County -- the host of this year's official event -- has offered suggestions on several travel itineraries in the county, including bicycle tours, in an effort to attract more people to travel around the county, along with the lantern festival.

This year's lantern festival will be run in two areas, with the main area in Huwei (Feb. 11-19) and the other in Beigang (Feb. 7-19), according to the organizers.

Covering a total area of 50 hectares, this year's event will be the largest ever since the Taiwan Lantern Festival was launched in 1990, the organizers said. It will also mark the first time a section featuring the culture of new immigrants in Taiwan is included, they added.

To take the opportunity to promote local tourism, the Yunlin county government has offered suggestions on various travel itineraries designed to allow wider exploration of the southern county.

Among them are three itineraries for bicycle tours that will take tourists to experience different aspects of Yunlin during a two-day visit.

One itinerary suggests that visitors start with Shiluo Township, where they can explore an old street and taste local specialty dishes such as bean sprout noodles, followed by a visit to Cihtong to enjoy blooming flowers there, before traveling to the Huashan area of Gukeng to see the night view overlooking the county and spend the night.

On the second day, the tourists can visit a facility introducing one of Taiwan's signature snacks -- pineapple cakes -- and a tourist winery, and end the tour with a visit to the main area of the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Huwei.

Another itinerary focuses on an exploration of the coffee industry in Gukeng and the natural scenery in Caoling on the first day, followed by a visit to the tourist winery, Gukeng Green Tunnel and Douliu City on the second day.

In Douliu, they can visit a village promoting the cultural and creative industry, before biking to Huwei to enjoy the lantern festival, the final stop of the two-day trip.

The third itinerary features a tour to explore Hakka culture in the Erlun Township and try local signature dishes, as well as a visit to Mailiao Township to learn more about green energy development there. Visitors will finish the tour in Beigang, where they can visit the old street and enjoy the lantern festival there.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel