Yilan looks out to the sea on Taiwan’s Northeast Coast, with mountains on the three other sides forming a unique geography that has nurtured an equally distinctive cultural landscape and human warmth. The county is home to Asia’s second longest highway tunnel, the Hsuehshan Tunnel, which has reduced the driving time between Yilan and Taipei to less than 50 minutes. From natural environments and cold and hot springs to a wealth of ocean recreation resources and verdant country scenes, Yilan offers the perfect setting to slow down and enjoy nature at its best. Yilan is said a natural paradise with a human touch. We’ve make a two-day releasable and literary-style journey in Yilan. Hope you like it!
Luodong Sports Park
This 47-hectare park is located about two kilometers northwest of the Luodong Railway Station. The green expanse of the park gives visitors a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the area’s scenery as well as to engage in sports of various kinds. It is divided into four areas: sports, landscape, waterscape, and forest. This is an ideal place to relax, and get some exercise. Picnic here is a good choice.
Mingchi Forest Recreation Area
Mingchi is located at the highest point of the Northern Cross-Island Highway. The frequently fog-shrouded lake of the name- Mingchi means bright lake-is nestled beautifully amidst the mountains and is surrounded by planted cryptomeria and old-growth cypress. A footpath around the lake, and lookout pavilions, make it easy for visitors to enjoy the scenery. When come to Mingchi Forest Recreation Area as if enter an uncontested paradise.
Plum Blossom Lake (Meihua Lake)
Meihua Lake is a natural reservoir with a surface area of about 20 hectares. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The lake is shaped like a five-petal flower. The east bank has a suspension bridge that connects the lake and the floating island of the lake. There is a biking trail surrounds the lake for tourists enjoy the gorgeous scenery while riding a bike. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. It’s a place that worth looking for.
Luodong Forestry Culture Park
This 16-hectare park is located in downtown Luodong, making it easy to reach. Attractions here include the log storage pond, aquatic plant pond, forest railway, bamboo train station, a steam locomotive, cultural exhibition hall, lush woods, and pondside trails, accommodating leisure, education, culture, and nature watching. Luodong Forestry Culture Park was the site of storage pond during the Japanese occupation. Since the termination of logging in the Taiping Mountains in 1982, most of them have remained.
National Center for Traditional Arts
National Center for Traditional Arts is located beside beautiful Dong Mountain (Dongshan) River in Yilan. In addition to organized displays and performances of culture and art, it also provides a stage where performing artists can show off their creative works. The emphasis here is on the continuous propagation, innovation, and renewal of traditional arts. You can stroll casually among artistic creations, listen to elegant music, and enjoy exciting opera performances–and you can even participate in the process of artistic creation yourself. From the Center, you can take a boat and visit the Dong Mountain (Dongshan) River Water Park.
In the old dormitory area of the railway bureau on the south side of Yilan Railway Station, in addition to retaining the original historical buildings and old trees, the original abandoned space is planned as the first several-meter theme square in Taiwan. Jimi is a famous Illustrator. The Jimi square now becomes a colorful park. Just like walking a picture book, there are some cute and interesting installation arts here. These arts make passengers no longer bored when waiting for their bus.
Jiaoxi Hot Springs
Yilan is famous for hot springs. Among them, the most Historic “Jiaoxi Hot Spring,” which is quite rare in Taiwan for its occurrence on a flatland is the most famous one. “Tangwei Hot Spring,” minus, has been famous since Qing Dynasty and placed on the list of “Eight Scenes of Lanyang Area.” The Jiaoxi Hot Spring originates at the foot of a hill behind Fuchung Temple at Deyang Village, Jiaoxi Township. While streaming along the ditches and highways, running through the railroads, the welling hot waters gather into a brook, serving local people as natural baths at The string of boiling ditches in ancient times.