04 September 2015

Yehliu Geopark 野柳 | Taiwan North Coast

Summer 2012 was the fourth time we've been to Taipei in the recent years, we are very familiar with what we like and what we don't. Other than visiting our usual hot spots such as having hot pot (no pun intended!) and satisfying our cravings at the various night markets, we skipped hot spring this time round. My shoulders were already burnt by the scorching summer sun. We also took the opportunity to discover more areas around Taipei Main Station, rather than our usual Ximending.

The highlight of this Taipei trip was engaging a local taxi driver to tour the Taiwanese North Coast - and even visiting the Northern most tip of Taiwan! Most travelers often go rightwards from Yehliu to Jiufen. Having visited Jiufen 九份 and Pingxi 平溪 in previous trips, we decided to be somewhat exceptional and traveled leftwards from Yehliu to Danshui :)

Yehliu Geopark 野柳

Queen's Head, Yehliu Geopark

Starting our journey in Wanli District 萬里区, Yehliu Geopark 野柳 is a natural scenic location made of weathered geological formations carved by many years of sea-water and wind erosion. The resulting formations including the iconic 'Queen's Head 女王頭' draw the attention of tourists from within Taiwan and countries beyond

We were surprised to see a guard beside the Queen's Head. The many tourists had to queue in the blazing hot morning sun and were given only a minute or two to snap a photo with the rock formation

There are three areas to Yehliu Geopark, each area comprising of various rock formations. We noticed most visitors would stop at the second area where you can find the Queen's Head. This is because the third area is much narrower and steep. While I was very frightened of falling down or being swept away by the waves, Hubby held my hand and guided me along my mini-adventure!

When you are at Yehliu Geopark, please do not litter. Any litter may be blown into the sea. The winds are quite strong, I had a hard time keeping my straw hat on too. Let's do our part in conserving the natural environment as much as possible so that future generations may have a chance to visit this eroding natural formation :)

You can visit Yehliu Geopark daily from 7.30am to 5pm all year round. The geopark is not open at night, as it is too dangerous - too dark to see any slippery rocks. Even in the day time, do be careful of your footing. Directions to Yehliu Geopark