08 March 2016

What To Do In Yilan | Yilan Attractions

When planning my Yilan itinerary for the upcoming trip in end March, I found many places I would love to go - but had to remove from our 3 days there 'cos a) Hubby wouldn't like hehe... b) limited time!

So to remind myself of these places in the event I should one day explore Yilan again, here's a list of Yilan attractions I would love to go *wink (besides... Yilan is only about an hour away from my usual hot spot, perfect for a day trip from Taipei!)

What To Do in Yilan

Yilan Station 宜蘭火車站

幾米廣場 Jimi Square  
Address: 宜蘭市光復路1號 (宜蘭火車站旁鐵路局舊宿舍區) (1 Guangfu Road, beside Yilan TRA Railway Station)
Jimi Liao is a Taiwanese illustrator born in Yilan. He collaborates with the local government to rebuild an old dormitory, featuring three of his stories - namely 'Turn Left, Turn Right', 'Starry Starry Night' and 'Sound of Colors'

Eats: 大成羊排面‧牛肉面 Mutton and Beef Noodles
Address: 宜蘭市新民路31號 (31 Xinmin Road)
Operating Hours: 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm 
羊排麵 / 牛肉原汁乾麵, 100 元 (小碗)

Eats: 北門蒜味肉羹 Garlic Meat Broth
Address: 宜蘭市舊城北路141號 (141 Jiucheng North Road)
Operating Hours: 9am to 5pm, closed on Mondays

Eats: 正好鮮肉小籠包 Steamed Pork Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Address: 宜蘭市泰山路25號 (25 Taishan Road)
Telephone: +886 3 932 5641
Operating Hours: 8am to 12.30pm, 3pm to 7pm, closed on Mondays
小籠包 60元/10 pc, 酸辣湯25元 (Steamed Pork Dumpings at TWD 60 for 10 pieces, Spicy and Sour Soup at TWD 25)

Eats: 東門夜市 Dongmen Night Market
Address: 宜蘭市聖後街 (東港橋下) (Shenghou Street, below Donggang Bridge)
Operating Hours: from 4pm daily

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And those attractions not too near Yilan train station...

香草菲菲 Artemis Garden 
An enormous greenhouse botanical garden which includes a restaurant offering affordable buffet lunches 
Address: 宜蘭縣員山鄉內城路650號 (650 Neicheng Road, Yuanshan Township)
Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm, closed on Mondays
Lunch buffet hours: 11.30am to 2pm, call +886-3-9226565 for reservations, adult fare TWD 420 + 10% service charge
How to get there: Take the free local tour bus 752「宜蘭勁好行」752 線免費公車,於「太陽埤 - 香草菲菲站」下車.
- Depart Yilan station 宜蘭转运站 0800  0940  1120  1330  1500  1630  1800
- Depart 太陽埤站  0837  1017  1157  1407  1537  1707  1837

King Car Kavalan Whiskey Distillery 金車關係事業
Located near to Artemis Garden.
My parents went for the tour previously. They mentioned that you get to see the manufacturing process as well as sample some alcohol hehe..

Agrioz 橘之鄉
Address: 宜蘭市梅洲二路33號 (33 Meizhou Road Section 2)
Telephone: 886-3-928-5758
Operating Hours: 8.30am to 6pm

Agrioz offer a DIY jam making session (20 minutes) at TWD 150 per person. The session runs every 20 minutes from 9am to 5.30pm. If you are visiting with less than 15 persons, you can register for the DIY session on the spot.

Monster Theme Restaurant 窯烤山寨村
Address: 宜蘭縣宜蘭市梅洲二路140號 (140 Meizhou Road Section 2, located along the same road as Agrioz)

Jiaoxi Station 礁溪火車站

五峰旗瀑布 Wufengqi Waterfalls 
These waterfalls have 3 levels - about 5 minutes walk to the lowest level and 30 minutes stairs climb to the highest level. It is recommended to bring slippers and extra clothes should you want to play in the water (at lowest level, or at the dam near the carpark).
To get there: 礁溪火車站前take bus 台灣好行 – 礁溪線bus no 111 towards 佛光大學雲起樓, 20元/pax (take the local tour bus 11 from Jiaoxi railway station)

礁溪溫泉公園 Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park 
宜蘭縣262礁溪鄉公園路16號 (16 Gongyuan Road, Jiaoxi Township)
Open 24 hours daily, the Jiaoxi Hot Spring Park provides free public food bath facilities near the main entrance. You can also enjoy full body baths at the paid area 森林風呂 - from TWD 150 per pax if you are bringing your own towels, to TWD 350 per pax for their deluxe package which includes rental fee of a large bath towel, a small towel and a bathrobe. I learned that there are two themed bathing areas, designated for male and female use separately. And since they swap usage daily, it might be a good idea to visit the hot spring park on two consecutive days. Hmm...

葉家香辣椒文創館 The Chili Hunter Creative Museum 
This spicy museum sells chili sauces, snacks and ice cream made from various chili peppers. The owner visited many countries to obtain the chili seeds from different areas of the world, and now plants them in Taiwan. I read that the degree of spiciness range from level 1 to a ‘suicide’ level 6! 
Address: 宜蘭縣礁渓鄉礁渓路5段61號 (61 Jiaoxi Road Section 5)
Telephone: +886 3 988 2639
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Eats: 礁溪八寶冬粉 Eight Treasure Vermicelli
Address: 宜蘭縣礁溪鄉中山路二段131號(太子廟旁)
Operating Hours:5am to 7pm weekdays, 5am to 8pm weekends and holidays

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And a little away from Jiaoxi train station...

Eats: 甕窯雞 Wen Yao Chicken
Address: 宜蘭縣礁溪鄉礁溪路七段7號 (7 Jiaoxi Road Section 7)
The chickens are cooked in an earthenware pot heated with firewood. 

Eats: 四圍堡車站 Lan Yang Railway
Address: 宜蘭縣礁溪鄉礁溪路七段72號 (72 Jiaoxi Road Section 7, near Wen Yao Chicken)
Telephone: +886 3 987 1122
Operating Hours: 10am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday
erm.. a fake Harry Potter Theme Restaurant

Luodong Station 羅東火車站

羅東夜市 Luodong Night Market
Address: Along 民生路 Minsheng Road、民權路 Minquan Road、公園路 Gongyuan Road、興東路 Xingdong Road (10 minutes walk from Luodong Train Station)
Operating Hours: Open 6pm to 12 midnight daily

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Toucheng Station 頭城火車站

Whale & Dolphin Watching, Tour Guishan Island
Guishan Island, aptly named so as it's in the shape of a tortoise, is open to visitors embarkation only from March to November annually. Visitors are required to apply for an access permit in advanced. I am unable to find much information on the access permit online (maybe due to my poor Traditional Chinese characters reading skills opps...), maybe the boat company can help you with the application.

One of the recommended boat company I researched is 華棋168號  http://www.hc-168.com.tw/home/travel. They offer a 4 hour package at TWD 1600 per adult, which includes embarking on the island. The boat sets off at 8am, 9am, 12pm and 1pm from Wushih Harbor 烏石港. To get there, you can take bus 宜蘭勁好行131 from Jiaoxi or Toucheng TRA stations, and alight at 
烏石港站. Alternatively, you may be gamed for a 30 minutes walk to the harbor.

Some tips I gotten online:
  • wear long sleeve and long pants
  • bring hat, sunscreen, insect 
  • try not to eat heavy breakfast before boat ride 
  • if you are prone to seasickness, eat your medication before getting on the boat
We are likely to skip this for our upcoming end-March trip as I read that whale watching season actually starts from May... oh well... 

蘭陽博物館 Lanyang Museum
Address: 宜蘭縣頭城鎮青雲路三段750號 (750 Qingyun Road Section 3, Toucheng Township)
Operating Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 9am to 5pm (ticket sale ends at 4.30pm)
Ticket: TWD 100 for adults
How to get there: Take bus 宜蘭勁好行131 from Jiaoxi/Toucheng train station, and alight at蘭陽博物館站

Eats: 龍記尚品牛肉麵 Beef Noodles
Address: 宜蘭縣頭城鎮纘祥路38號 (38 Zuanxiang Road)
Operating Hours: 11.10am till stock out (usually 2.30pm), closed on Sundays and Mondays
Rumor has it that the beef noodles are so popular, that you have to arrive by 11am otherwise you may not get yours hands on a bowl!

Eats: 小涼圓 (古早味冰品) Traditional Flavored Ice Shavings
Address: 宜蘭縣頭城鎮開蘭路88號 (88 Kailan Road) (note: there is no sign board!)
Operating Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm 

Eats: 阿宗芋冰城 (古早味的人氣冰店) Traditional Flavored Ice Cream Store
Address:宜蘭縣頭城鎮青雲路三段267號 (267 Qingyun Road Section 3)
Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

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Note: the food items mentioned may be more suited to my taste buds preference... I don't like spring onions, hence you would notice I don't mention about spring onion cakes tasting better in Yilan since they are using the local Sanxing cong 三星葱 (opps!) Also, I usually hunt for food locations that are nearby the train station - so we can grab good bites after a long rail journey

And if you are figuring out where to stay in Yilan, check out my previous blogpost on Yilan Minsu Recommendations. Have fun!