One of my Taiwanese friends, who I met while backpacking Indochina, told me so much about Taiwan. I remember few of her lines were "There's this mountain that has a nice view of the city", "I wanna see your first bite of a stinky tofu", "That place where the rocks where formed due to a natural calamity"; She had let me envision all the stuff that I need to see and experience in her home country which got me really interested cos I don't have any idea what it could offer. Consequently, I decided to book a flight with the promise that I'll visit all the places she mentioned.
We agreed to meet on my 2nd day in Taipei. I left all the planning to her cos I honestly did waste some of my time on my first day not knowing where I exactly to go. First on her list is Yehliu Geopark, which is located in the Northern part of Taiwan.
Yehliu Geopark is 1,700 long cape located at Yehliu village in Wanli District. The stratum of Yehliu is mainly composed of sedimentary rocks. It's home to a numerous rock formations and the country's first marine park.
Over time, a natural disaster chiseled the sands into these formations. And due to the erosion from the wind and exposure to the atmosphere, the rocks turned into a yellowish brown color creating a spectacular landscape. Amazing how a disaster turned it into a beautiful creation.
The rock formations also have their own names, and the most famous rock would be the “the Queen’s head”. You wouldn’t wonder where the name came from since you can see how it was formed to a Lady with a crown.
Touching any of the rock formations especially the Queen's head is highly discouraged. The neck of the Queen has become too thin to hold the head and a severe typhoon or strong earthquake may break it off. And always stay behind the painted red lines. The stone woods and the walkway is often wet so always watch your step.
If you want a peaceful spot that doesn't have much of the crowd and a good 360 view of the Geopark, there's a hidden spot in Yehliu. Just walk furthermost to the cliff, with a few climbs to the stairs, it will lead you to this place. And the view is totally refreshing!
ENTRANCE FEE is 80NTD. They are open from 8AM to 5PM, and sometimes extends till 6PM.
WHERE TO EAT?
There are food stalls and restaurants that sells local snacks in Yehliu. Or if you arent't that hungry yet, you can go straight to Jinshan old street after visiting Yehliu Geopark, a long stretch of Taiwanese street foods.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Yehliu is just an hour and a half away from the city. You can take bus 1815 in Zhongxiao Dun Hua station which will drop you at the Yehliu village in Wanli District, then it will only take about 5-minute walk to get to the entrance of the Geopark from the drop-off.
REMEMBER: leave no trace, take nothing but memories 😉