Yilan is a humble and small city found in the mountainous east coast of Taiwan with just about 100,000 in population. There are also a number of smaller districts and localities within Yilan that have a charm of their own. Getting around Yilan and exploring the city is then a must.
As in many of the non-metropolis areas in Taiwan, the best way to get around the city is by renting a scooter. All tourist centers found near train stations offer scooters for hire as long as you have a valid International Driver’s License. Operating scooters may seem relatively easy, but maneuvering in Yilan traffic is where the challenge lies. Although motorbikes are not for everyone, they may provide you with a lot of freedom to tour around the city, making your travel options a lot easier. Just make sure to grab a map as well and feel free to roam around the city. Aside from scooters, bicycles and cars can be rented as well.
Driving around Yilan can be terrifying at first whether with a rented car or a scooter. However, once you understand the so-called “rules” of the city, it can be a great way to explore. It’s been said that there are no traffic rules and regulations in Yilan, only guidelines that are occasionally followed. Drivers in Yilan use honking for everything, whether reminding an incoming car of their traffic violation or warning incoming cars of their own traffic violation. It definitely takes a while to be familiar and comfortable with the city traffic so make sure you don’t test yourself too quickly.
Now aside from fellow cars and motorbikes to watch out for, you must keep a keen eye on pedestrians as well. Although Yilan has good number of intersections where people can cross, they are often not followed. So better to rely on your eyes and ears and not on traffic lights when trying to maneuver around the city.
Getting around Yilan on land is also possible by hiring taxis, especially if foreign roads are too intimidating. Taxis are relatively abundant in the city while fares are affordable for the average traveler as well. The only problem you’ll have to encounter with taxis is Yilan traffic, especially during rush hour. These taxis are not only used to traveling around Yilan City but they can take you to other parts of the Yilan County as well with a reasonable price.
Because the Yilan County is blessed with the great outdoors, getting around Yilan by boat and cruising along the many rivers of the area is also a pleasant option to take. Get to see how important the riverbanks are to the local people and have a glimpse of the countryside of the county not far from the Yilan City.
Knowing some information about the city you’re visiting will certainly go a long way when having to enjoy it. Choose the best mode of transport to get around to be able to attain a fulfilled trip. Make sure to have an idea about the popular districts and streets of Yilan so getting around Yilan would be much easier.