Don’t see Houli Bike it. There are three bike ways that interconnect through Houli, Yongfeng, Dongfeng and Houfeng Bikeways. By far the most famous is the Houfeng trail. Called the ‘iron horse bike way’ in Chinese, hawkers approach you with offers of bike rental as soon as you exit Houli train station. The bike way begins shortly after Houli horse ranch and meanders 5 kms along a disused railway line, through an old tunnel, an old iron bridge and passed a winery to Shigang Dam. The ride is extremely picturesque, and while busy, people are spread out enough to have some peace during your ride and escape the city.
There are plenty of maps and signposts for those who easily get lost! If you wish to continue cycling, the Dongfeng (12 km) and Yongfeng (22 km) bike ways signposted at both ends of the ride, are certainly well-worth the additional effort – Dongfeng is Taiwan’s first 24-hour night bike ride. Bike hire options begin from 200NT and include tandem, single and electric bikes. Several coffee shops and restaurants along the route make this an excellent choice for couples or a family outing.