Things to do
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.
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.
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.