Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan's Nantou county. (Photo/Chen Hui-sheng)
Beautiful scenery, indigenous culture and diverse ecology are several of the reasons behind Sun Moon Lake's inclusion as one of CNN's 10 best cycling routes, said authorities for the scenic area in central Taiwan on Monday.
The authorities in Nantou county said they have been dedicated to promoting green tourism over the past few years and have built multiple bike paths around the lake, including a 400-meter bridge over the water.
Cycling on these routes is a good choice for tourists who want to slowly tour the area and enjoy the beautiful landscape, the headquarters said.
In an article titled Cycling Routes That'll Take Your Breath Away on CNNGo, the news channel's travel site, the area around Sun Moon Lake was ranked No. 5 behind the Great Ocean Road in Australia, the Udaipur City tour in India, the Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan, and the Route of the Hiawatha in the United States.
The article said that Sun Moon Lake "has long been charming curious foreigners and local visitors alike."
"Its calm, turquoise water also inspired many ancient Chinese poets and painters," it said, somewhat inaccurately since settlers from across the Taiwan Strait did not start to come to the island until the 16th century.
The other five routes that made the list were the Route des Grand Crus in France, New Zealand's Molesworth Road, the P'tit Train du Nord Linear Park in Canada, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route on Canada-US border, and the Cycle Route 10 in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.