Friday, July 17, 2015

Taiwan: Yehliu Geopark

No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City 20744, Taiwan

One of the tourist destinations we visited in Taiwan was the Yehliu Geopark, a stunning coast with numerous majestic rock formations sculpted by nature. Passed by these scenic sights on the way there!

How to get there via public bus:
1. Taipei to Yehliu – Kuo-Kuang Bus (no.1815) / 1 hour 20 minutes / TWD 96
2. Danshui to Yehliu – Keelung Bus (no.862) / 1 hour 30 minutes / TWD 120
3. Keelung to Yehliu – Keelung Bus (no.790) / 40 minutes / TWD 30

It's quite a famous tourist attraction so I think it should be relatively easy just by asking around!

Entrance fee is TWD80 (SGD3.50) for each adult, and open from 8am - 5pm. The entire park is filled with tourists by the way!

A long walk from the entrance to the rock formations! There is a man-sculpted version of the famous rock inside nearer to the entrance but we didn't take photos with them because what's the point of taking photos of the replica when we are just a few minutes away from the real thing right? Haha.

The heat was horrible, but the sun made the photos turn out really beautiful!

There are dozens of fascinating rock formations in this geological landscape, all with different shapes and some resembling certain things and animals, depending on individual's imagination. It's quite amazing how everything is created by nature! There are a few famous ones with names given to them and one of them was the Queen's head. It was the only rock which had a queue to take photo with and although it was scorching hot that day, we decided to wait since we were already there!

A barricade was set up and we could only take photo from a distance away. Actually, one can choose to not queue and take photo from the other side of the rock, which has no queue. However, the correct angle to view the Queen's head is from the designated photo point! The queue was reasonably fast so I think it's okay.

Here's a zoomed in photo to show that the girl posing with the rock is actually me. Haha. Glad that I chose to wear an airy and light-material top which I got from just before the trip, because it was so hot that day!

The rocks are extremely fragile but many tourists couldn't be bothered and leaned on these rocks when taking photos. So inconsiderate!

Anyway while queuing we saw a funny scene of this lady posing with the rocks and her friend told her not to hold her umbrella because it's ugly on photo. So she placed the umbrella ON THE ROCK. Haha!! It's like you take a photo with a famous statue but ruin the photo with your umbrella on the main highlight of the photo. Ridiculous.

Nice photo of my parents! It was really very hot that day so we didn't explore the rest of the park after taking photos with the Queen's head. Enough already lah. Haha.

Group photo at the entrance with my family, grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins!

Perspired like mad at the park but it was quite an experience!

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