The scenery felt like I was in a fantasy movie, where the Queen was totally mad at the Princess for taking away the Fairy Shoe. The Queens wrath resulted for the whole kingdom to be in a gloomy state, coupled with rain and harsh waves.
I imagine it while looking at the amazing stone formation of Yehliu Geopark. It was a gloomy weather when we visited but still, the experience was somewhat magical.
Continue reading and will tell you more about this amazing place.
On our 4th day, we decided to get up early.
We are heading to the northern part of Taiwan. For this day, we decided to put in 3 destinations in our itinerary; Yehliu, Jiufen & Shifen.
I think most Filipinos or tourist in Taiwan, do the same format. Some can either start early to add a few more locations like a stroll at Keelung or Ruifang, a visit at the Gold falls, or be in love with cats wandering the streets at Houtong Cat Village. Some of the places I mentioned was originally part of our itinerary but due to time constraint, we prioritize the main locations.
How to get to Yehliu Geopark:
I thank Google maps for making it easier to travel here in Taipei. Just by marking in the destination, Google Maps could already pinpoint the different routes to your destinations including the MRT stations to take or even the bus numbers to ride. Here is how we manage to get to Yehliu.
- From our hotel in Ximending, we ride a train at Ximen Station, took the Bannan Line and went down at Zhongxiao Dunhua Station.
- At Zhongxiao Dunhua Station, we took exit #4 and walk for about 50 meters reaching the Dunhua Station
- From the Bus terminal, just wait for the bus #1815 to arrive. This ride will take you straight to Yehliu.
Bus terminals in Taipei are really advance for it can already determine the busses that are about to arrive. Everything here is set on a schedule, so if you missed the bus, you will need to wait for 10-30 minutes to take the next ride. That is, of course, depending on where you are heading.
The Bus ride from Dunhua station to Yehliu would only take 1 hr and 30-40 minutes.
- Adult ticket NTD80
- Half-fare ticket NTD40
-Student (Taiwan only or show ISI card)
-For the children aged between 6 and 12.
- Group ticket (thirty persons upward) 20% discount
- Courtesy entry:
– Disabled / Children of height under 115 cm or under age of 6.
Rock Formations at Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu (also called as Yelio), is a premier destination in the northern part of Taiwan. This is caused by the number of unique geological formations in the place that stretch out within the town of Wanli. One of the most famous formations that you can find at Yehliu is called the Queen’s Head for it resembles a Queen wearing a crown facing the sea.
Other remarkable formations at Yehliu include Sea Candles (燭台石), Fairy Shoe (仙女鞋), Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, Ice Cream Rock, Kissing Rock, and Princess’ Head.
Exploring Yehliu Geopark
From the main road where we dropped, we walked for around 10-15 minutes (this includes a quick photography at the port) before reaching the main entrance of the park. Yehliu Geopark is open every day from 8am to 5pm, so I guess either very early or after lunch would be the best time to be here in this place.
After getting our tickets, we head straight to the main area.
It was dark, gloomy and rainy. Ruth and I were sharing a small umbrella I brought. But because there was a lot of people and an opportunity to just wander around, I decided to let her hold the umbrella instead while I manage to just be soak under the rain. Good thing the rain isn’t that strong. It would have been nicer if I could just take a bath in the rain just like when I was still a kid. But we still got a lot of places to be in to today.
It actually nice to see that even its raining tourist both local and foreign are packed in this place. That means tourism in this country is really booming. If there weren’t that much people in the place. I could really imagine that I am in an “Alice in Wonderland” film. I wonder how nature wonders have created this kind of rock formation. It was just something ordinary and for sure, this took hundreds of years before it was formed.
One of the sought after image in the place was the the “Queens Head.” Visitors falls in line just to have a photo with this formation. The management even created a platform on to where people could take photos of the rock formation. And because we were to lazy to fall in line, we decided to look for another angle.
At the far end of this ‘island’ was a mountain where you could be able to have a top view of the whole Geopark. It is also open for people who wants to do bird watching. I was a bit curious to check out whats up there so I decided to take a look. But because I do not want to fully do it (because we need to be on a hurry) I just climb half of the mountain.
At the foot of the mountain, there’s a coffee shop and the area for the comfort room. We went to freshen up and I decided to change from shoes to slippers for I felt the rain wouldn’t stop till the evening.
On our way back, we decided to buy a plastic raincoat for NT$20 each.
To be continued . . .
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Until our next discovery in the City!
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