A Ride to the Clouds

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2019 / April

Esther Tseng /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Phil Newell


The American writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and can coast down them.”

For this latest in our series of articles about cycling in Taiwan, in early spring we set our sights on the stretch of Provincial Highway 24 that runs from Sandimen Township to Wutai Township in Pingtung County. As we pedal up through the fresh greenery of the mountains, we experience the flourishing business environment of the Paiwan and Rukai indigenous communities, as well as their rich culture and handicrafts.


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