Yuli is situated the valley that runs from north to south between Hualien and Taitung, and as such is flanked by mountains on two sides. It's mostly a farming area.
Yuli is one of the main train stops between Hualien and Taitung. The fast train from Taipei takes about three hours.
You can rent scooters and bikes around the train station. O-bike system is the government rental bike to apply by app, costs 3 dollars in every 6 mins. Other shops provide 300/day. Scooter rental required international scooter riding lisence. 400/day for local people. 500/day for foreighners.
Sixty Stone Mountain & Chike Mountain- You can hire a bicycle in Yuli and cycle to the top of this steep mountain. It is very hard work and will take a couple of hours at least, but at the top you are rewarded with stunning views, especially if you go in August or September when the Lilies are in bloom. Now there is ticket shuttle bus to go during bloom season. You can register in bike rental store (Huelanshanshue) just near the train staion.
Antong Hot Springs - They were a bit naff. We cycled to them and the distance was not too far, but the second half is mostly uphill. Another option is taking bus#8181 from train station to Shanshientai which stops at hot spring. Paid hot spring has spa area and personal hot bath pool. Public hot spring is free and located in front of Antong Hot spring hotel. You can have star watching while taking the hot spring at night. Quite a few local people go there regularly.
Walami trail Walami trail (瓦拉米步道) is linked through Yushan National Park to the west of Taiwan. You can hire a taxi or bike to the entrance (NT$400/single trip). The trail will pass two suspension bridges called Shangfong #1 & #2 with nice mountain views and waterfalls. Wildlife may appear along the trail. Most of the hikers only go to Jiaxin for a 1 day trip. Further than Jiaxin will required visitors to ask for permit in local policy station. You need to apply for this permit at the police station before you enter the trail. Walami cabin is situated at 13.6km from the trail entrance. There is a free cabin for a night stay.
Yuli noodles (Yuli mian) are the local specialty, although you might be left wondering how different they are from noodles elsewhere in Taiwan.
橋頭臭豆腐 (15 號, No. 7, Minquan St) is a well rated joint for stinky tofu which sells for NTD$50 for four pieces.
There's a lovely nice decorated coffeeshop called "World coffee". The place seems to be a favorite hangout for the local youth. Nice place for stay inside in raining day! Hand shakes drinks are popular in downtown. Many franchises and flavors to choose. Price range from 25~85 dollars.
There's a nice B&B a bit to the North of Yuli, Wisdom Garden, that's mentioned in Lonely Planet. Best way to get there is bike from train station. It is surround by mountains that makes you relax. The owners are a Buddhist couple. It is provided with breakfast. The list price is 2400 NT for a double.
The "Our old house coffeeshop" in the center offers a shared room for 500 NT per person. Be warned though, there are no beds, just a hard wooden floor to sleep on! Consider it as a last resort. Check if is open first!
The "Bliss inn 1719"(0960-369434) is the new open backpacker(Feb-2018) that near train station. Price at 500 NT per person. Clean and comforatble, has excellent broad view to see the whole valley. Comply with complete facilities, especially English service. The host is very friendly to support us.