Yehliu Geopark: A Lunar-like Adventure in Taiwan

Carrie Kellenberger 18 June 2010 12 comments

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If Taiwan isn’t on your list of Asian travel destinations, it should be!

The geographical terrain of Taiwan is nothing short of miraculous, with towering green mountains, lush forests, deep rivers and gorges, natural hot springs and lunar-like landscapes all contributing to a uniquely Asian travel adventure.

Just a short drive from the northern city of Taipei, you’ll find one of Asia’s most unusual landscapes.

Yehliu Geo Park is famous for its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and unusual rock formations.

Admission to the park is NT$50.

Yehliu’s famous rock formations run along a piece of sea-eroded land that juts out into the ocean.

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There are around 180 mushroom rock formations in different stages of erosion.

Amongst them, you’ll find Yehliu’s most recognizable landmark, the Queen’s Head Rock.

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The landscape is studded with sea-eroded holes which teem with sea life.

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Candle rocks have a ball-shaped core standing out from the rest of the rock.

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Honeycomb rocks are mushroom-shaped, but the surface of these rocks is covered with holes of different shapes and sizes.

Many of these rocks contain fossils, which showcase creatures native to Taiwan from a not-so-distant-past.

Hours of Operation: 8am to 5pm

Go By Bus:

From Taipei City, take a Kuo Kuang Hao bus bound for Jinshan from the Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT station 9 exit 2).

From Tamshui, take the express bus bound for Jinshan at Tamshui Station (near Tamshui MRT station).

From Keelung, take the express bus bound for Jinshan or Tamshui at Keelung Station (near Keelung Railway Station).

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Carrie Kellenberger

Carrie Kellenberger

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Carrie has kept a home base with her husband in Asia since 2003. A nomad at heart, Carrie's deep love for travel, photography, and culture have led her on frequent travels over the past seven years. She has traveled throughout Asia finding work as a writer, editor, educator, voice over artist, photographer, and nightclub singer. In her free time, Carrie works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. She writes about her personal travel adventures at www.myseveralworlds.com. Follow Carrie on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/106703927738684161043/ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

12 Comments For This Post

  1. sai sai Says:

    Interesting! What a shame that Taiwan has never been popular in Thailand. I never knew there is such a cool place there.

  2. littlepo littlepo Says:

    Yehliu is a popular spot especially for Chinese tourists right now. They are talking about raising the admission to control the visit number. Here is an interesting video clip my friend made to demonstrate how popular the queen head is. :)
    Queen Head, Yehliu Taiwan – http://www.vimeo.com/16271641

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