Yunlin Travel Guide
Location: Lying on Chianan Plain and along the east coast of Taiwan Strait, between Changhua and Chiayi and to the west of Nantou
Area: 500 square miles (1,290 square kilometers)
Temperature: The annual average temperature is 73°F (23°C) and the best time to visit is spring and autumn
Feature: The county’s aquaculture and agriculture are more developed than other industries.
Lying against the mountains and facing the sea, Yunlin has beautiful natural scenery.
Caoling is at the east of Gukeng Township. Wandering along 5-mile-long (8.5-kilometer-long) Caoling Old Road built in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), you can see the vast sea, valleys, cliffs, streams, waterfalls, dense grass on the mountains, and historical relics such as Tiger Word Tablet.
Huashan Mountain Scenic Area is near Caoling. The hills are rolling, the air is fresh, and the tea plantations and coffee gardens are all around the mountains. There are also mountain trails, making it a good place to hike. You can also camp and picnic here.
Zhanghu Lake Scenic Area is also adjacent to Caoling. It is surrounded by high mountains with cliffs, rocks, streams and waterfalls everywhere. The main scenic spots include ancient mysterious trees, Dragon Phoenix Waterfall, Zhanghu Mountain, and shell fossils which are 200-500 years old.
Janfusun Fancyworld, situated at Gukeng Township, is a famous amusement park covering over 148 acres (60 hectares). It consists of Sky Square, Children’s Playground, Running Wave Water Park, Nice Cinema, and Janfusun Museum. You and your family will surely have fun both in the water and on the ground.
Peikang Chaotien Temple is the general temple of over 300 Matzu temples of Taiwan, and almost 300 years old. It combines the religious architectural style with the art. The carvings no matter on the windows or on the columns are very exquisite.
Yunlin Story House at Huwei Township was built according to the typical Japanese official residences in 1920-1923. A number of senior officials used to live here. There are many Taiwanese snacks being sold around the house such as honey sweet potatoes, bean balls and peanut tofu.
Other Attractions: Silou Bridge, Silou Old Street, Bee Story House, Taiwan Temple Art Museum…
Customs and Festivals
Dabu Flower Drum is performed when the temple fair is held and during the farm work break to greet gods or for entertainment. You can watch it in Dabu Village.
Cloth Puppet Show is a folk drama originating from the 17th century. The performers put their hands into the cloth puppets, move them while saying the words, seeming like the puppet is talking. You can see it at Puppet Show Museum in Huwei Town.
Peikang Ox Fair, located at the right of Peikang Bridge, was the largest ox market in Taiwan with the history of 300 years old. Now lots of chicks, ducks, dogs, mini pigs, fishing goods, and hardware are sold here. There is also a second-hand stuff market selling many things that you may have never seen.
The lantern show in Lantern Festival is held at Chaotien Temple, which lasts for a month. In addition, Matzu in the temple will tour around Peikang Town on March19th and 20th. The volunteers carry the divine sedan chair followed by a large number of artistic pavilions. Each family along the tour route will welcome Matzu by setting firecrackers around the chair. Inside the fancy pavilions, there are kids being dressed up as legendary persons for people to appreciate.
Taiwan Rail Line has five stops in Yunlin, but people usually get off at Touliu or Townan. The train from Taipei to Touliu takes you 3-4 hours and TWD 407-527, from Taichung costs TWD 118-153 with the duration of 1 hour, from Changhua takes 40 minutes with the ticket price of TWD 87-113, from Chiayi costs TWD 55-71 with the travel time of 30 minutes, and from Kaohsiung takes 1.5-2.5 hours and TWD 244-316.
If by Taiwan High Speed Rail, the train from Taipei to Yunlin takes 1.5 hours, and TWD 900 for a non-reserved seat and TWD 930 for a standard seat. It from Changhua costs TWD 105-110 with the journey time of 10 minutes.
To travel around the scenic spots, the passenger transport bus is available at Touliu and Townan. Or you can hire a private car with the rental of about TWD 4,000 for a day.
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Where and What to Eat
Yunlin abounds in farm products like pomelos in Touliu, rice and soy sauces in Silou, sauerkraut in Tapi, peanuts and sesame oil in Peikang, Oiltea Camellia oil at Caoling, and bamboo shoots in Gukeng. If you like seafood, Santiaolun and Wutiaogang at Taishi are the best choices. What’s more, Weijia Angelica Duck Noodle on Jhongjheng Road in Tuku, Linnei Famous Ribs on Jhongshan Road in Linnei, and Zhengzhuang Mochi on Pinghe Road in Silou attract many a person. Moreover, you can’t miss Gukeng Coffee, a representative of Taiwan’s coffee.