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Yilan's scenery and culture

Freeway No. 5 meanders through the heart of Yilan

Freeway No. 5 meanders through the heart of Yilan

Yilan is located in northeast Taiwan. Its vast Lanyang Plain was created by erosion from the Lanyang River, and is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with the ocean on the east side. This unique geography has given rise to the unique culture of Yilan. Gazing across the plain, one can see buildings tall and short standing among green fields, and Freeway No. 5 wandering its way through the gentle county.

The location of Yilan
Floating on the Pacific, Guishan Island longs for home in Yilan

Floating on the Pacific, Guishan Island longs for home in Yilan

A unique landmark of Yilan, Guishan Island, a.k.a. Turtle Island, is settled just off the coast. You can see its green, changing form from Freeway No. 5 or a northbound train. Watching the sunrise over Guishan Island is one of Yilan’s eight great views, a sight you won’t want to miss.

Swaying spring onion flowers accompany you on your Yilan adventures

Swaying spring onion flowers accompany you on your Yilan adventures

Looking out across lush spring onion fields in spring, you’ll see a sea of little white flowers dancing as the wind blows, like a magical carpet laid down for a bride. Taste Yilan’s famous Sanxing spring onions, admire the beautiful fields, and let them stay with you through your journey in Yilan.

The Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival, a playground for children and adults alike

The Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival, a playground for children and adults alike

In the heat of summer, Yilan’s grandest event kicks off. At the International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival, fun with water abounds as kids and adults splash around in fountains, water slides, water fights, and pools. A great way for the whole family to cool off in summertime!

Erjie Wanggong Cultural Festival, fire walking ceremony

Erjie Wanggong Cultural Festival, fire walking ceremony

Yilan has a rich culture of folk customs. Every fifteenth day of the eleventh lunar month, Erjie Wanggong Temple hosts a fire walking ceremony attended by thousands. Believers walk over a glowing mountain of charcoal to the loud cheers of the crowd, all praying for blessings of peace and cleansing of bad luck. This energetic and earnest belief is part of the culture visitors come to see every year.

A good day's catch

A good day's catch

Yilan’s unique geography forms a natural harbor supporting a vibrant fishing industry and culture made possible by the Kuroshio Current. Come to Yilan’s fish markets for daily boatloads of the freshest seafood, from huge crabs to lobsters to mullet fish and more. Chefs use these fresh ingredients to cook the finest seafood dishes, a must try on your Yilan trip!

Fine scenery, hospitable people

Fine scenery, hospitable people

Yilan has rich natural resources and culture, mountains and oceans to explore, hospitable locals, humble folk customs, and unique cuisines. We welcome you to embark on your own adventure in Lanyang.

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