Getting there & away
Private buses to Mingchih (NT250, 1½ hours) leave from the back of the Ilan (Yilan) train station at 12pm daily (returning 5.30pm). You must call (03-989 4106) to make a reservation. Ilan is on the east coast just south of Jiaoshi.
If you want to rent a car in Ilan call Shang Xin Car Rental (03-935 7777). It does pick-ups from the train station and the staff speak English.