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Lanyang Museum

The emblem of Lanyang Museum attempts to convey “ The Harmony and Symbiosis between Mankind and History”. During initial stages of design, discussions were made among experts in museology, literature and history, natural ecology, local painters, CIS designers and dignitaries in the County before the decision was made to adopt the traditional wooden sculpture human-figure to tem from the Kavalan Tribe, which most aptly expresses the above-mentioned connotations. 
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Waiao Service Center

No. 9 Cafe at the beach is launched by a few friends who have the same ideas about coffee. Its name comes from the location which is at Provincial Highway 9. In No. 9 Cafe,there are a wide variety of coffee flavors and delicate desserts ,and freshly made cuisines. The high curtain wall style creates a bright and comfortable dining space. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea while overlooking the amazing beach scenery of Gueishan Island and Waiao. In order for visitors to fully experience the local culture, there also provide services regarding bicycle-renting, baby fish, and camping, offering cozy and relaxing feeling for visitors to enjoy their vocation.
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Caoling (Tsaoling) Historical Trail

The Caoling Historical Trail connect Gongliao with Dali on Taiwan’s northeast coast. It was originally constructed in 1807 and provided an important transport link between Taipei and Yilan (the only other alternative at the time was to travel by sea). Now it is just a destination for walkers and tourists. The Taiwan Lonely Planet Guide says, “if you can only do one hike during your stay in Taiwan, make it this one.” The trail is / kilometers long and depending on your level of fitness will take around three or four hours to hike on way. When you reach the pass you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Taiwan’s northeast coast. The trail is easily accessible by train. Catch a train to Gongliao and then return to Taipei by catching a train from Dali. An alternative route is to follow the ridge from the pass along the Taoyuan Valley trail. You can then descend to Daxi from where you can also catch a train. (For further reading , please click on the link above).

Pei -Kuan Tidal Park

One of the 8 must-see attractions of Yilan County. It is a park with telescope available to get a closer glimpse of the Turtle Mountain. It has also a mini marine fresh food stall and restaurant for the many tourist which frequent this Park. (For further reading , please click on the link above).

Waiao Taoist Temple

This temple stands like a rock on a hill. With the mountain on its background, and the ocean in front, its looks strong and sturdy.

Toucheng Old Street

Toucheng (First Town) was the first town to be cleared and established by the Han settlers arriving in Yilan. Hoping Street being the oldest street in Toucheng was once the busiest commercial center on the Lanyang Plain. Currently for the Yilan area this is the only surviving old street that marks this unique history. Walking down the old street here, you are provided a glimpse of a bygone era while trying to imagine the glorious moments this town has witnessed. (For further reading, please click on the link above).

National center for traditional arts

The national center for traditional arts is located by the river bank of Dongshan River in Wujie Township, Yilan County. The center’s total area is 24 hectares. The goal of the center is overall planning, supporting the related research, promoting, preserving, and teaching the traditional arts, and also redefining, renovating, and developing the traditional arts. The park itself has become one of the most important tourist spots in Yilan.

Toucheng “Qianggu” – Grappling the ghost with the pole – climbing competition

Starting in the Qing dynasty, there has been a custom of people seizing sacrificial goods after the Ghost Festival is over. Some say this is to scare away lingering spirits, and is known as “Qianggu” (ghost grappling). The Qianggu competition held in Toucheng is Taiwan’s largest and one of Yilan’s important traditional events during the seventh lunar month. The tower consists of pillars made of China fir, 11 meters tall and 8 meters wide, with 7 or 8 meter bamboo trestlework on top. Squid, rice dumplings, rice noodles, meat, fish, and other foods are tied to the trestlework. Team members must climb on top of each other to reach the top of the trestlework and pillars, which are covered in oil. Reaching the top, they cut down the food and throw it to the frame below, where it is taken by spectators. Whoever claims the wind banner at the top is declared the winner. There are a variety of other events, including the water lantern old street tour, releasing water lanterns into Zhu’an River a day before the ghost gates close, and Beiguan Battle. There is a period of one month between the first day when the ghost gates open and the last day when Qianggu is held. In addition to remembering the ancestors and their pioneering efforts, the month includes a variety of religious traditional and folk culture events.

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