The very thing when you visit a place in Taiwan is to go to the local night market. It might not be big but there should be a lot to see for sure. I was recommended by the locals that I must pay a visit to this night market. And yes, this is a nice place with various choices of delicious food, just like most of others in Taiwan.
A great big huge complex of buildings next to a park that has been slowly developing in Yi-Lan that may still be unfinished or is it just changing constantly? who will know?
Anyways I tripped across this under marketed place while driving with my parents completely by accident and it was a happy accident! Inside is a recreated street that shows the traditional architectural developments of different areas of taiwan in one place. It also has a food court with a collection of most of taiwans traditional snacks and some awesome artwork is available to be bought.
It seems quite huge- a park you can walk around in exists, boat rides along the 'river' are available at reasonable prices from what I can remember.
Just keep driving down the main highway past I-Lan city and take a look for the signs by the side of the road.
They also have a site:
Wu Lao Keng Mountain Stream is a park built along the river valley. You can hike in the park enjoying the garden, river and the mountain view. It is also the place for the annual Yilan Green Expo held in the spring.
In the National Center of Traditional Art, they built the buildings in the traditional styles. Besides the museum of the traditional art, there are also plenty of the shops saling the traditional stuffs.
You could spend time here for shopping as well as enjoying the gardens and the buildings. There is also the ferry travelling between the National Center of Traditional Art and the Tung Shan River Water Park.
It's one of the two only big springs which exist in Taiwan. It’s of a carbonic acid spring. The temperature is about 21 degree Celsius; the water quality is crystal-clear. It's available for drink and bath, and with the effect of curing stomach complaint, liver ailment and of beautifying skin. Moreover, because the cold spring often has gushing gas accompanied with it, some people utilize the characteristic to make into soda water by adding sugar and flavor to the spring, and it has become an interesting specialty in the locality.
Rendze Hot Spring in Datung township is at the elevation about 500m, and belongs to a kind of carbonic acid calcium spring which, with limpid and colorless water, has very high temperature of water. There's one Rendze villa for lodgment and spring bathing. The green shower trail close to the hot spring area is also for watching birds. It's a great enjoyment to listen to the clear, crisp and gentle birds' twitter here.
Five-Peak Waterfall is one of the eight-scenery in Lanyang. At the back of the waterfall there're five mountain peaks setting in array and resembling five flags from a distant look, so called Five-Peak Mountain (Wufengshan). Hiking up the trail you can see Five-Peak Waterfall at the end. The divided three layers of waterfall looks like a white silk fabric drooping from the wall of the mountain. The water splashes on the cliffs and trees, magnificently. There's a shallow pool for dabbling in the downstream of the waterfall. The facilities in the scenery area are the park, the pavilion, tables and chairs and the fountain, etc. It's very convenient for tourists to have an outing.
Jyausyi is a famous township full of Hot Springs. Since Japanese' occupying period, the development in Jyausyi has been closely related to the hot springs. Jyausyi Hot Spring belongs to a kind of carbonic acid hydrogen sodium spring, which with crystal-clear water is rich in mineralogy. It's a great help to health whatever used for bathing or drinking. The many hot springs are mostly beside the train station, such as in the nearby hotels, restaurants. Jyausyi has so the name of "Small Beitou", and is a good place to take a spring bath.
Beigwan was a door going out and coming in Ilan in Ching dynasty, because of its strategically situated terrain. Station troops guarded at here during the years of Jyaching, and some old cannons had been reserved for people to contemplate. Beigwan has now been developed as a beach park for sightseeing. The most famous landscapes are bean-curd-like formulated rocks and one-side-shaped hill. When waves rush to rock-shore rolling up numerous spindrifts, which look magnificent. That's also the well-known "Beigwan Ocean Tides". Along the trail hike toward up to the hilltop can see the sea views around completely. The Gweishan Island is right in the forward direction. It's good to enjoy the ocean tides here.