Welcome to Dulan
Driving Hwy 11 through little Dulan (都蘭; Dūlán) you might not think it much different from any other standard roadside village. But look again. In fact, the strip's shop-houses include two surf shops and around a dozen restaurants serving an array of international cuisines. There's also a wide range of art-and-craft workshops, especially around the disused Sugar Factory, where Saturday nights see live music. A web of tiny country lanes lead steadily up into foothills behind and hide a surprising wealth of hidden guesthouses and little-heralded cafes, plus a couple of small archaeological sites from the millennia-old Beinan culture. Today, Dulan has a large Amis population whose presence in the arts scene is strong, and few villages in Taiwan are as accustomed to westerners: many visitors stay here far longer than planned.