BACKPACKING TAIWAN: YEHLIU GEOPARK


Located along the north coast, Yehliu Park is a bit remote, but well worth the effort to visit. Yehliu Geopark is home to a number of unique geological formations including the iconic “Queen’s Head” (女王頭), and is located along a cape stretching out from the town of Wanli.img_1499

Unfortunately it was a gloomy and rainy day on our visit but it was still worth it! Imagine if it was sunny! Quite a walk to cover the whole area, truly a magnificent sight. There are huge number of tourist coming from Korea, Singapore, China and Philippines and the place is so crowded even if it is raining.img_1516

Facing the Pacific Ocean, this place is very windy. If you wanted to take a picture with the queens head there is a ramp where people are queued orderly. The guard monitoring the site is very strict on not going over the “red line”. Anyone wanting to view the famous Queen’s head should do so in these few years because I believe in another 10 years, the head will collapse due to elements of nature.btyThe park is well designed with paths and stairs that allow easy access to the different rock formations. Some of the most popular formations include – queen’s head, candle rocks, mushroom rock, honeycomb rock, fairy’s shoe, pearl rock, ice cream rock, the weathered cave, and tofu rock. There are a number of sea urchin fossils embedded in the rocks as well, which adds to the alien and pre-historic atmosphere of the place. img_1531The park is made up of “hoodoo” rocks – bizzare-shaped forms of rock remains produced by marine erosion. These are formed when a softer rock is topped by harder rock. The softer rock slowly erodes leaving unusual rock formations. img_1557Like thousand of years ago this was all beneath under the ocean, and after erosion, time and earthquakes, it all rises above the ocean. Limestones, coral rocks at its best, and don’t forget to hike the small mountain it’s worth it. At the end of the trail a viewing deck will await you and the view is breath-taking.img_1560The seaview from the vantage point here is simply magical! img_1567If you are planning to include this in your itinerary start your trip at 6AM so you will arrive at 7:30AM. The park will open at exactly 8AM so you will have ample of time to explore Yehliu Fishing Village. Park entrance is 80NTD for adults and 40NTD for children aged between 6 and 12. dsc_0215

After Yehliu, try to go to Jiufen. Walk back to the station where the bus drop you off earlier. There will be taxi and will offer to bring you to Jiufen but the fare is a bit expensive, it might take for a while but the bus is guaranteed to arrive. Take bus 862 or 790. Get off at TRA KEELUNG station. take the overpass to cross the street, that is the bus stop going to JIUFEN. Take bus 788 travel time 50 minutes. Get off at 7-11 convenient store where you can see the sign JIUFEN OLD ROAD, that’s where you are going to roam around. Lots of food and things to buy. when you reach the top, you’ll see an awesome view. img_1569

Getting here:

  • Take the express bus (bound for Jinshan Youth Activity Center) of Kuo-Kuang Co. at East Gate 3 of Taipei Main Station; alight at Yehliu
    stop. The bus comes every 20 minutes. (Weekdays: the first bus at 05:40am and the last bus at 11:00pm; Weekends: the first bus at
    06:30am and the last bus at 11:00pm.)
  • Take the express bus (bound for Jinshan or Tamsui) at Keelung station (near Keelung Railway Station). The Bus comes every 10 minute.
    (the first bus at 05:40 am and the last bus at 10:40pm).
  • Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at Tamshui station (near Tamshui MRT Station); alight at Yehliu stop. The bus comes every 30
    minutes (the first bus at 05:50am and the last bus at 10:20pm).
  • Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at National Taiwan University. The bus comes every 15 minute.
    (The first bus at 07:30am and the last bust at 10:10pm).
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