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What to Do in Yilan | Amazing Farmstays, Natural Attractions & Museums

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Located just 50 minutes from Taiwan’s capital, the city of Yilan makes for a perfect daytrip from Taipei – or a longer holiday – packed with nature, art and history. Travelers looking for what to do in Yilan won’t want to miss Brick Ark Museum and Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, two of Yilan’s most popular things to do. Guests must stop at Suao Cold Spring Park and Fushan Botanical Garden, too!

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Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area

Year-round, Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area is a sight to behold and a wondrous area to explore. With hiking trails and elevations of up to more than 6,000 feet (2,000 meters), nature lovers and hikers can take their pick of walking trails, waterfalls and mountain ranges. Springtime in Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area brings colorful blooms. While autumn is a popular time to visit to enjoy cooler weather, seas of clouds and fall foliage.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day in July and August.
Entry fees: 150 TWD (5 USD) for adults (non-holiday), 200 TWD (6.80 USD) for adults (holiday)

Can’t-miss attractions in Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area

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Yilan Top Museums

Yilan City contains several museums, but two can’t-miss tours are at Brick Ark Museum and Lanyang Museum. The museums are located about 30 minutes apart, and travelers will find plenty of attractions in between. Since both museums are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sightseers can tour one museum in the morning and one in the afternoon and still have wiggle room to add other popular attractions to any Yilan itinerary.

Brick Ark Museum

Tourists should prepare to be wowed with life-size sculptures, one-of-a-kind statues and brilliant creations … all built with LEGO toys! Brick Ark Museum opened in 2016 and is one of Yilan City’s most popular attractions, for good reason: it’s fun for everyone! Plus, the museum sits next to gorgeous Zhongyang Park, home to Yilan County’s stately government buildings and the Institute of Yilan County History. Reservations are required to tour Brick Ark Museum.

Entry fees: 200 TWD (7 USD)

Lanyang Museum

Sightseers who take the train and fancy a walk down Toucheng Old Street before arriving at Lanyang Museum can hop off at Toucheng Station. The quaint heritage site is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Lanyang Museum. Making the trek on foot gives travelers the opportunity to stop for lunch at a local restaurant, browse desserts at Surewell Wholesales Toucheng bakery and take in the epic view of Wushih Harbor, which is accented with the showstopping architecture of Lanyang Museum. The history and culture museum was designed to accentuate it’s scenic surroundings, and visitors can learn about the area’s landscape inside the museum through hands-on exhibits and educational displays.

Entry fees: 100 TWD (3.50 USD)

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Suao Cold Spring Park

Weary travelers are invited to sit down, cool off and relax a spell at Suao Cold Spring Park. This popular Yilan experience features outdoor and indoor bathing pools filled with natural spring water that remains at 71.6°F (22°C) all year long. Because the water from the spring is clear and contains high levels of carbon dioxide, it can be used for cooking as well as bathing. Through the years, visitors have been treated to samples of spring-water favorites like sweet red bean jelly, goat stew and pearl (glass-bead) soda when at Suao Cold Spring Park.

Entry fees: 70 TWD for public pool; 200 TWD for private pool; 300 TWD for private hot and cold springs

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Fushan Botanical Garden

Nature lovers won’t want to miss a day of hiking through botanic gardens nestled in the mountains of western Yilan County. Fushan Botanical Garden is the largest botanical park in Taiwan and a branch of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, meaning it’s got some serious natural attractions! Visitors will find numerous walking trails, waterways and flora and fauna, not to mention birds and woodland creatures. Because Fushan Botanical Garden is a part of a greater wildlife conservatory, visitors are limited to 300 per day, and each guest is required to fill out an application 35 days prior to visiting.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Tuesday)

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Toucheng Leisure Farm

Travelers who love mountains and oceans as well as hands-on activities and cultural experiences should book a stay at Toucheng Leisure Farm. The out-of-this-world farmstay offers fun classes on rice planting, kiln cooking and general life on the farm. Guests can choose from one-day tours to deluxe 3-day, 2-night experiences.

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