A Hipster’s Roaming Holiday at the Small Towns of Yilan
Yilan City, Taiwan — With many popular tourist destinations already packed with people roaming up and down the roads, it’s always a pleasure to go somewhere where few people choose to stay. Taiwan’s small town of Yilan is one of those places – perfect for those who are looking for a town that can be explored on foot, Yilan is the kind of place that encourages you to go out early in the morning for a slow-paced walk through sleepy streets.
The fact that it’s a fairly small spot shouldn’t deter tourists, however. The place is big enough that you can check in excellent B&Bs that serve quality food and accommodation without losing touch of the small-town charm. For example, there’s the Chun Villa and LOHA’s Yilan Long Stay are both built with comfort and privacy in mind. They offer discounts while at the same time providing classic cultural services such as afternoon tea and the countryside experience. There’s also space for those who just want to embrace meditation in a soothing environment.
Getting to Yilan is not that hard as there’s a progressive Yilan Train Station right next to the popular Happy Station. The spot is recommended by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan because of its beautiful façade and an interior that invites tourists. The Happy Station was originally an old bus station that has been renovated to contain multiple features including picture books created by an illustrator named Jimmy. The picture books are compellingly created and perfect for those who want to view lighthearted images of childish fun. It’s like a little niche of sentimental art tucked in a place you’ll never expect. The Happy Station also offers different products, souvenirs, and even food items.
Close to the Happy Station is the Yilan Distillery by the Zhongshan Road. They also have the Red Cordial available on tap which used to be a world wine Silver awardee.
For those who love the outdoors and nature, there’s the Diudiudang Forest. It’s a lush piece of untouched greenery, packed with places where you can just sit back and listen to the birds chirping. Of course, there are also tons of excellent spots perfect for taking pictures.
It’s also surprising how this little town is home to the Yilan Distillery Chia Chi Lan Wine Museum as well as the King Car Kavalan Distillery. They’re a favorite for connoisseurs as these two spots still have the charm of old-school winemaking. Going through their doors is like going back in time as the exhibit boasts of cultural artifacts. The pride of Yilan is the KAVALAN whisky – which is why they’re happy to show the distillery process for this liquor. Even better – there’s no admission price to speak of for the second floor of this old building.
Close by is the Central Mountain Range and the Xueshan. If you’re not a fan of wine, you can enjoy the clean fresh water that tastes like nothing else in the world. Of course, there are also numerous restaurants in the town and because of the cozy state of the place, delicacies are as close to the traditional preparation as possible. There’s the sugarcane-smoked duck, the Waiau seafood, the green onion pancake, gaozha, and the tenderloin meat.
If you want to go on a spiritually-nourishing vacation without all the noise and crowd, then Yilan is the place to be. You can find out how to get there as well as other information through the official website for Taiwan’s tourism – http://taiwan.net.ph/ or https://eng.taiwan.net.tw/.