INTRODUCING YILAN COUNTY

With its spellbinding scenery, rich heritage and diverse wildlife, Yilan County in Taiwan provides a magical backdrop to a luxury break. Take to the sea in search of whales and dolphins one day. The next, soak in natural hot springs, or stroll along mountain trails to discover glittering waterfalls. After exploring the countryside, delve into Yilan’s towns and cities to discover historic cultures and buzzing night markets.

A natural patchwork of emerald mountains and winding rivers, with a dramatic, rocky coast.

Things to do

NATURE

Its natural beauty makes Yilan County ideal for country retreats and outdoor adventures. Hike from the Jiao River through a lush valley to see the famed Wufengqi Waterfalls, keeping an eye out for flitting birds as you go. Or board a boat tour from Wushih Harbour to Guieshan Island to spot dolphins jumping in the waves. If you’re lucky, you may even see huge humpback and orca whales.

SPA

Make some time for relaxation with a natural spa day. Yilan County’s mountains and plains are dotted with hot and cold springs. A trip to Jiaoxi will take you to steaming lowland springs. While a visit to Su’ao, a tiny fishing village, could see you soothing your skin in pools of clear, mineral-rich water.

CULTURE

Yilan County is home to a large aboriginal population, making it a wonderful place to find out about traditional Taiwanese culture. Explore ancient crafts at the National Centre for Traditional Arts in Wujie.
Walk between 1,000-year-old trees in the tranquil Qilan Sacred Trees Garden. Or, for a timeless taste of Taiwan, visit the Luodong Night Market, where stalls are laden with delicious snacks and local specialities.

Seek out black sand bays between towering cliffs on the northeast coast and enjoy a surf with a view