Remote Yilan County Taiwan Published on: 04-05-2016

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Yilan is well-known as a historical center for some of the many aboriginal peoples whose diversity has come to be synonymous with Taiwan.

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Why Yilan is special ?

Yilan is surrounded by mountains facing the Pacific Ocean. It is located in the northeast of Taiwan. With an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, Yilan often rains but offers beautiful foggy sceneryl. Since the world’s 5th longest tunnel (12.9kms), Hsueh-shan Tunnel opened in 2007, travel time from Taipei to Yilan has shortened from four hours to one and a half hours which attracts more and more tourists from Taipei City.

With commuting time shortened, travelers now have more time to visit more attractions including Cilan Forest Recreation Area, Cueifong Lake, Dongshan River Water Park, Jiaosi Hot Spring, and Luodong Night Market. One attraction worth mentioning is the Suao Cold Spring, is a rare phenomenon that only exists in two places in the world, in Taiwan’s Yilan and Italy. So make sure you don’t miss out on what Yilan has to offer for your wonderful Yilan Travel!

Source: https://www.travelking.com.tw/

What to explore at Yilan?

Things to do in Ilan

Yilan's tourism mostly surrounds the two most unique aspects of the area - a rich aboriginal cultural history and lush nature. All of the areas listed below, if not in Yilan City, are easily accessible via train on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) lines.

Jiaoxi (Jiaosi) Hot Springs

In the northeastern section of Yilan County lies Jiaoxi, one of the hottest of all hot spring stops in Taiwan. Nearly everything in Jiaoxi is written in Japanese and Chinese; the former have a reputation for loving the steaming hot baths. Arriving in Jiaoxi you will be immediately confronted with unending hot spring offerings as it has one of the few ground-level steam baths in Taiwan.

Wai-Ao Beach

Beaches are rare in this part of Taiwan; the northeast coast is mostly populated by rocks and cliffs. Wai-Ao in Yilan County is a "black sand" beach, where the rocks are pulverized into small grains. While the waves aren't crazy, Wai-Ao is a great place to learn how to surf, or get a bit of intermediate experience under your belt. You can always wait for typhoon season to get some serious (and possibly fatal) rip curl.

Luodong Night Market

One of the most famous night markets in all of Taiwan, the modestly-sized town of Luodong will serve up any and every local food specialty you can think of. While some night markets specialize in arcade games or clothing, Luodong's goes straight for the mouth, and Taipei residents regularly make visits to the market to fill their stomachs.

Old Yilan City

For history buffs, Old Yilan City has set up a lot of old buildings to put you in the shoes of early- and mid-20th century Taiwan. Buildings such as the Former Taiwan Railway Administration Office, Former Official Residence of the Magistrate of Yilan, Former Rice Inspection Bureau and others were often built during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan and are an interesting peek into the architecture and life of years' past.

Lucky Art Crayon Factory 蜡藝彩繪館

No.7, Dexing 6th Rd., Su’ao Township, Yilan County 270, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel: +886-3-9907101

Opening Hours: 8.30am-5pm

Entrance Fee: TW200

Shanzhai Monster Village 窯烤山寨村

Opening Hours: 9am-7pm

Telephone: +886-3-9287788

R. Den Dessert Factory 亞典蛋糕密碼館

No.122, Meizhou 2nd Rd., Yilan City, Yilan County 260, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Telephone: +886-3-9286777

Opening Hours: 9am-6pm

Luodong Night Market 羅東夜市

No.100, Gongyuan Road (宜蘭縣羅東鎮公園路100)

Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265

National Center of Traditional Arts 國立傳統藝術中心

No.201, Sec. 2, Wubin Rd., Wujie Township, Yilan County 268, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Telephone: +886-3-9507711

Opening Hours: 9am-6pm

Entrance fee: 150TW

Jiaoxi Household Registration Office 礁溪戶政事務所

Telephone: +886-3-9577440

Artemis Garden 香草菲菲

No.650, Neicheng Rd., Yuanshan Township, Yilan County 264, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Telephone: +886-3-9229933

Opening Hours: 9am-6pm (Tue-Sun)

Rabbit Pencil Factory 玉兔鉛筆學校

Telephone: +886-3-9653670

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (You have to call and make an appointment before heading down)

Luodong Forestry Culture Garden 林業文化園區

No. 118, Zhongzheng N Rd, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265

Telephone: +886 3 954 5114

Opening Hours: 6am–7pm

Luodong Cultural Working House 羅東文化工場

Telephone: +886-3-9577440

Opening Hours: 9am-5.30pm

Jimmy Square (Jimi Square) 幾米廣場

Located just outside Yilan Train Station (宜蘭縣宜蘭市光復路1(宜蘭火車站旁鐵路局舊宿舍區)

Eating in Yilan

Tons of restaurants (Chinese, Taiwanese, McDonald's) can be found around the train station. If you are a seafood lover, you'll want to head to one of the seaside villages along the east coast to gorge on fresh-but-cheap fish, shrimps, and squids.

Yilan Green Onion Cake - Yilan is famous island-wide for its green onion cakes. They are sold throughout the area at small stands. You're sure to find this delicious at any night market in the region.

Luodong Night Market - (see above) - Luodong in Yilan County has one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan. If you go, make sure to do so on an empty stomach.

Mashed Taro - An Yilan favorite is a simple combination of mashed taro, pork lard, sugar, eggs and candied kumquat. Yilan's travel website says that mashed taro "represent[s] the characteristics of the Yilan people: cold on the outside and burning hot on the inside".

Magic Restaurant (Magic Cafe) 四圍堡車站(哈利波特霍格華茲魔法食堂)

No.76, Sec. 7, Jiaoxi Rd., Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County 262, Taiwan (宜蘭縣礁溪鄉礁溪路七段72)

Telephone: +886-3-987-1122

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm

Source: http://www.taiwanese-secrets.com/

How to get to Yilan?

Getting in and out of Yilan is most easily done by TRA trains. These trains can also bring you to any of the surrounding towns quickly. Tze-Chiang trains (fast trains) takes around 1h 20m from Taipei to Yilan.

Buses are also available from some places, and a new tunnel makes getting to Yilan from Taipei a breeze. You can catch a bus for Yilan City at the bus station behind Taipei Train Station; 230NT$.

Some have dared to make scooter trips through the old mountain pass from Taipei, which makes for a thrilling ride with breathtaking views. A taxi can also take you from Taipei for about NTD$1,000.

Source: http://www.taiwanese-secrets.com/

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