|Local draught beer||$1.08|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.33|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.65|
Located on Taiwan’s eastern coast, Yilan is a city known for its numerous religious festivals. There’s practically a parade traversing the city every weekend. These processions are said to represent the gods protecting the streets by patrolling them. On these occasions, the streets are flooded with floats carrying religious images. Firecrackers, loads of “ghost money,” colourful folk dances, and professional musical orchestras usually mark these religious festivals. Tourists are drawn to these events and are brought over through the numerous cheap flights to Yilan. A city steeped in religion, Yilan has sixty-three temples that are mostly Taoist.
An exhibition center, greenhouses, and an ecological museum are found at the Chian Li Guang Herbal Garden where traditional herbal medicines are promoted to young generations. Agrioz is described as a tourism factory whose main feature is an array of excellent products made from kumquats. Other interesting sites in Yilan are the Yilan train station, which was built in 1919, and the old Yilan Yi Police Station that was constructed in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. Visitors are also drawn to the Former Official Residence of the Magistrate of Yilan which was built in 1911 and in whose premises an ancient camphor tree is found.
Various hotels in Yilan include the Fukun Motel that boasts of a very popular spa, while located very close to the train station. England Motel on Zhongshan Road also has a spa and offers bicycles for guests’ transportation. Azure Sky B&B offers a unique experience via a farm lifestyle. Dubai Motel along Dafu Road offers milk bath and spa, swimming pool, and steam bath. Other luxurious accommodations in Yilan include the Yoai Hotel on Jiucheng E. Road, the Silks Place Yilan on Minquan Road, and the Grand Boss Hotel located along Yixing Road.
The trip via bus, taxi, or rail between Taipei and Yilan is now only one and a half hours since the Xueshan tunnel has been opened. Otherwise, travelers also opt for the cheap flights to Yilan to get into the city. Getting around Yilan is a breeze. The most common and very convenient means of transportation within the city are scooters and bicycles.