Located on the north coast of Taiwan, Yehliu Geopark contains uniquely-shaped rock formations such as the Queen’s Head and Fairy’s Shoe making it a popular hiking and sightseeing destination. Besides the famous Taroko Gorge, this is one of my most favorite parks in Taiwan. Since this park is a bit remote from Taipei City, I decided to book a cheap bus tour through GetYourGuide that stopped here and the famous lantern towns of this area (Jiufen and Shifen). The tour was extremely laid back and you could freely wander around all the areas, so I would recommend it to people who are trying to make the most of their day. I came here on the 2nd day of January, but the weather was sunny and I managed to take some decent photos despite the crowds:
Though I have been to a number of parks similar to this in Asia, the architecture here really amazed me! The surface of the rocks reminded me of craters on the moon so I felt as if I was in my own sci-fi adventure. Definitely be sure to follow the guideposts to the elegantly-shaped Queen’s Head rock (fortunately most of the signs are written in English). The hike around the cape was very pleasant and it was awesome to see the ocean. The entire park is walkable within 2 hours so you can definitely fit in other activities if you plan your day out. The signs below indicate the major points of interest in the park (as you can see, there’s quite a lot):
I asked my guide on how these rock formations were formed because I was curious, and apparently it was due to seawater erosion. Each layer of contains a different level of hardness (I recall learning this long ago in primary school), so the unique shape of the rocks is caused by the ocean waves weathering them over time. It’s amazing how flat some of the surfaces are, yet others look like they have circular shapes in them like coral. You can get a great view of the entire park if you follow the trail to the lighthouse:
Located next to the park is Yehliu Ocean World if you’re interested in seeing dolphin and sea lion performances among other aquatic lifeforms. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to see them, but I’ve had the chance to see them before in Thailand and Japan.
This was a fantastic 2nd day in Taiwan, and I will be covering the lantern towns in my next post! Yehliu Geopark was the first outdoor area where I used my GoPro, so it will always have a special place in my heart!