Today I’m going to share with you my number one favorite thing we did in all of Taiwan; exploring Yehliu Geopark.
I enjoy visiting cities, walking through the busy streets, taking in the sights and smells – especially one as alive and bustling as Taipei. But there’s something even more special about visiting a place like Yehliu Geopark; a tourist spot that feels off the beaten path and almost otherworldly.
What is Yehliu Geopark?
Located in the Wanli District of Taipei, Yehliu is a cape that’s a part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. This formation stretches almost 1700 meters into the Pacific Ocean, and through erosion, has transformed solid rock into strange figures that give the Yehliu Geopark its appeal.
Visitors come to the park to see the famous Queen’s Head Rock, the Ice Cream Rock, and Elephant Rock, among other unique and beautiful rock formations. (Click HERE to learn more about the formations found at Yehliu!)
The park is a bit out of the way, but I’m more than glad that we put in the effort to visit.
Our Yehliu Geopark Experience:
The journey to Yehliu Geopark was a bumpy one – literally. We were staying in Taipei for one more night before heading back to Japan, so we got some lunch, took a train to Keelung City, and then boarded the bus that took us to the park entrance.
The bus going to the park took about an hour with traffic, and because of the high volume of tourists, we were stuck standing the entire time. Thankfully we got off the bus in one piece, and then started our day of exploring the park.
We bought our tickets, showed them to the attendants at the entrance, and then walked down a little pathway before coming to a clearing that brought us to the main attraction. It was then that I knew this was my favorite part of our trip, and it was a shame that it had to be on our very last day in Taiwan.
Between the salty air whipping around us, the unique rock structures, and the beautiful hiking paths, Yehliu Geopark was a dream. We took pictures of the rock formations we loved the most, gathered sea shells in the clear water, and hiked to a high point where we were surrounded by the ocean on all sides.
Tourists usually bother me (I know, I know. I’m one of them. Don’t remind me), but not here. Besides the occasional slow walker with a dog in a baby carriage, I felt like there was so much to explore that it was easy to escape when the crowds started getting too big.
Words can’t really do this place justice, so just watch the video I posted above, and check out a few of my favorite shots that I’ve posted down below:
Tips for Your Visit to Yehliu Geopark:
1. Make time to visit ALL the areas of the park: The park is separated into three different sections; each section highlighting different types of rock formations. Each section is unique in some way, and while we spent a good amount of time at the park, I think we felt rushed to get back to Taipei.
2. Look up the special rocks before you go: Until I started doing research for this post, I had no idea that there is a gorilla shaped rock, a rock that looks like Taiwan, and a rock in the shape of a fried drumstick! Among those three, there are dozens more that have been highlighted and set apart from the others for their uniqueness.
3. Don’t wait in line to take a picture of the Queen’s Head Rock: Pictured above, the line to take pictures in front of the Queen’s Head was a mile long! We didn’t have half an hour to wait to take our picture with the rock, so I worked my way around the line and found a perfectly good angle. In my opinion, waiting in line isn’t worth it.
4. Prepare yourself for a terrible bus ride: This is when the day got rough. We stayed at the park about an hour before closing, and then got in line for the bus back to Keelung. The wait for that bus seemed close to an hour, and with a bumpy ride, terrible traffic, and the fact that we were stuck standing again, we ended up feeling pretty miserable. Going back to Keelung, the ride took almost 2 hours. Not fun. I’m not sure if this is because of bad traffic that day, but prepare yourself and expect that this is the norm.
Visiting Yehliu Geopark:
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Children (Under 6 years old)