9 Best Things to Do in Yilan

Yilan Attractions

Many of the best things to do in Yilan stem from the region’s wonderful natural diversity. The county is known for its ample amount of hiking trails, mountain peaks and innumerable natural getaways. The extensive forestry is especially worth exploring, particularly as it contains therapeutic hot springs.

If you’re more interested in culture than the great outdoors, you’ll find that in spades in Yilan, too. There are plenty of art venues and major museums dotted around the historical towns in the area. Each provides a fascinating glimpse into a different aspect of Taiwanese life and heritage.

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Annong Creek

Annong Creek is known for its splendid whitewater rafting venues. It also has a number of smaller attractions and, because it’s so popular, there are plenty of budget and luxury hotels in the area. Apart from some great whitewater rafting destinations, there are places of historical interest as well as a number of untouched natural belts.

Gueishan Island

Gueishan Island is one of the major attractions of Yilan. The island is in the shape of a sea turtle due to many long years of volcanic activity and, unsurprisingly, many people refer to it as Turtle Island. You will require a permit to visit this remote place and the number of people allowed to go is usually limited. You can enjoy whale-watching here, and Turtle Island is also known as one of the best places to appreciate the beauty of the sunrise.

  • Location: Toucheng Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 261
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Yilan Distillery Chia Chi Lan Wine Museum

The Yilan Distillery Chia Chi Lan Wine Museum is a one-of-a-kind place which, as the name suggests, is devoted to alcohol-related collectibles and souvenirs. The museum is located in one of the oldest distilleries in Taiwan and the place is a must-visit for those who want to have a sneak peek at historical methods of wine production and preparation. There is also a small gift shop here.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: No. 3, Jiucheng West Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 935 5526

Luodong Night Market

Located in the Chungshan Park area, Luodong Night Market is one of the most happening places in Yilan. It not only offers a great shopping experience, but it’s lined with street vendors and cafés offering mouth-watering local Taiwanese cuisine. Despite its name, the market actually opens early in the morning, but runs late into the night.

Some of the most popular snacks to be found here include mutton herbal soup, rice noodle soup and iced tapioca. This is a must-visit location for those who love to hang out and enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing but munching on delicacies. Yilan pastry, smoked duck meat and ya shang are some of the other delicacies you may want to try at Luodong Night Market.

  • Location: No. 6, Xingdong Road, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 954 5102
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Yilan County Historical Museum

The Yilan County Historical Museum exhibits some old relics and souvenirs from the Japanese colonial era and gives you the chance to get personal with the rich culture heritage of Yilan. Most parts of the museum are free, except for County Prefect’s House, which is about NT$30 for an adult.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: No. 3, Xianzheng North Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 925 5488

National Centre for Traditional Arts

The National Centre for Traditional Arts is one of the most important centres of traditional and fine arts in Taiwan. It’s located in Wujie and its main focus is to promote Taiwanese arts and culture. You can also shop for souvenirs that are sold along the ‘Old Street’ – a renovated part the town which is part of the complex. The entry fee is NT$150 for adults.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: No. 201, Section 2, Wubin Road, Wujie Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 26841
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 950 8859
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Taiwan Theater Museum

Th Taiwan Theater Museum is located in the cultural centre of Yilan and it showcases traditional Chinese art forms, including puppetry. You can try your hand at traditional opera on the 3rd floor of this building. It’s a must-visit for all art connoisseurs.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: No. 101, Section 2, Fuxing Road, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 932 2440
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Mary Leu Fine Art Carving Gallery

Mary Leu Fine Art Carving Gallery belongs to one of the most famous artists to have emerged out of Taiwan. The art gallery not only houses her works, but is also a workshop for the students of this renowned artist. Entry fee is NT$100.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: No. 1, Lane 322, Xingnong Road, Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 260
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 988 0558

Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area

The Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area is located in Datung Village and the whole recreational belt is built around Mt. Tiaping, which rises to almost 2,000 metres above sea level. Although the mountain is covered in mist all the year round, the peak offers epic views of the surrounding area and is one of the few places in Taiwan where you’ll see snow. The forest below is an especially diverse one, with attractions ranging from from cypresses to hemlocks and other types of vegetation. In short, the Taipingshan region is a paradise for nature lovers.

Hot springs are located towards the centre of the region and are said to possess therapeutic properties. The famous Pong-Pong trail is also in this area. This trail was used for transporting logs and wood in the past. These days, it’s open to visitors and enjoying a ride along this trail is a great experience. There are so many areas of interest in the Taipingshan region that you really have to visit the place with plenty of time available to catch the essence of it.

  • Location: No. 58-1, Datong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 267
  • Tel: +886 (0)3 980 9806
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