To promote exercise among the nation’s people and to encourage domestic tourism, Chunghwa Post has followed up on 2013’s “Bike Paths of Taiwan” release with a new set of four stamps: Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake Bikeway, Hualien’s Yufu Bikeway, Taitung’s Guanshan Town Circle Bicycle Path and Taichung’s Tanya Shen Green Bikeway. Descriptions of the stamps follow:
1. Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake Bikeway (NT$8): Once touted as one of the world’s top 10 bike routes by an international media, it provides enchanting views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The beautiful Yongjie and Tongxin bridges (the names of which together comprise a phrase used to congratulate newlyweds) were created exclusively for the use of cyclists and pedestrians. They have become famous international attractions, visited by international and domestic tourists alike.
2. Hualien’s Yufu Bikeway (NT$8): It is unique for its unusual location where the Eurasian Continental Plate presses up against the Philippine Sea Plate, providing an ideal classroom for the study of plate tectonics. Built over the bed of the old east coast railway line, it is quite level, offering an excellent easy-riding choice for families.
3. Taitung’s Guanshan Town Circle Bicycle Path (NT$15): The path makes for easy and comfortable riding, offering expansive views onto Guanshan’s countryside. While biking along it, cyclists may stop at the Sun Moon Viewing Pavilion to take in panoramic view of the town and enjoy the laid-back and carefree atmosphere of farming villages.
4. Taichung’s Tanya Shen Green Bikeway (NT$28): Built on an old railway bed, the bikeway offers views of verdant countryside. It makes for a refreshing trip well suited for families to enjoy together.
(1) First Day Cover (162 mm × 114 mm): NT$2 apiece
(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$5 apiece
(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece
(4) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$8-denominated stamp: NT$10 apiece
(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps: NT$61 apiece
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw
Photos © Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration and East Rift Valley National Scenic Area Administration, Tourism Bureau, MOTC; Taichung Travel Net/the website of Taichung City Government Tourism and Travel Bureau. All rights reserved.