Yilan County 宜蘭縣
For those who don't know, Yilan County is between Taipei County 台北縣 and Hualien County 花蓮縣, on the northeast coast of Taiwan's main island. It rains a lot there, and for me this is the greatest drawback to living in that part of Taiwan. I moved away from Seattle to escape that kind of rain.
I'm not sure what the most famous place in Yilan is. I know that the Dong Shan River Park 冬山河親水公園, not far from Yilan City, is very famous. There are also the hot springs around Jiao Shi 礁溪, and the above-mentioned Tai Ping Mountain. I like the area between Su-Ao and Dong-Ao 東澳 very much, though there's not really that much to do in those places - at least that I know of.
I'm very fuzzy on the areas north of Yilan City. I'm sure there are things to do there, but I rarely drive through that area. If I'm driving, I always take the tunnel from Yilan City to Mucha 木柵 in Taipei, or if not driving, then I am viewing north Yilan from the windows of a train. I've noticed a lot of cool lakes and rivers in that part of Taiwan, and it looks like a good place for swimming.
Yilan City is fairly big, and you will find no shortage of restaurants or tourist attractions in that place. I haven't been to their night market in years, but I remember it being very fun. Yilan City is also famous for its "cow tongue" cookies, which are abundant everywhere in Yilan.
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Posted by Times Three at 上午8:44