Yilan, also referred to as Ilan, is nestled between hills and the soaring mountains to the west, and open to the majestic Pacific Ocean in the east. Yilan’s scenic beauty is absolutely stunning. Often referred to as ‘another heaven’, the area’s geographical features and natural scenery are its major attraction along with its unique and rich culture and traditions. Additionally, its location in the central, and most favoured part of the Lanyang Plain make it the administrative, educational and cultural centre of the area, and a budding hub for business. It also benefits from decent tourism traffic along the Northeastern coast.
At just about an hour’s distance by road from the ultimate Taiwan shopping destination (Taipei), Yilan is not really visited for shopping per se but for those who need or wish to shop around it certainly doesn’t disappoint. One of the biggest attractions in town is the Luodong Night Market, voted the third best night market of Taiwan and at the top spot for friendliness.
The Luodong Night Market is a daily market in the centre of town near Zhongshan Park. It starts business around 17:00, with most shops/eating spots operating until 24:00. Lively, vibrant and crowded, the market offers phenomenal options with an exhaustive variety of clothing, fashion accessories, handicrafts and electronic products. It’s not just super trendy, but also highly affordable and combines the best in prices with the optimum in trends and variety.