May 14, 2011 § 2 Comments
Taiwan has fascinated me with its beauty. I anticipated the hustle and bustle of Taipei city prior to our relocation, but not the natural beauty of its surrounding areas. Last weekend A surprised me with a day trip to Yehliu Geopark. The trip involved an approximately 1 hour bus trip to Jinshan, and then a short walk along the harbour before we reached the park.
Yehliu Geopark is famous for its beautiful coastline, mushroom-like rock formations and sea-trenches. These are consequent of sea erosion and earth movements. I was taken aback by the whole experience. Each rock formation resembled something different, from a calculator to a dragon and to the popular “Queen’s head”. The waters were so beautifully blue and had we been allowed to, we would have dived at the opportunity of experiencing them first hand in the scorching heat. Cracks along the coastline reveal the unique shading of each layer of stone and together they form stunning patterns. I could go on for paragraphs about the harmony amongst sand, stone and sea, but instead, I will allow the pictures to speak for themselves.
Yehliu Geopark is definitely worth the trip for tourists, even if only for an hour or 2. One can take the Kuo Kuang Hao bus headed for Jinshan from Taipei Main Bus station. There is a small market area selling refreshments and local dried fruits, nuts and fish just as you exit the park. I would suggest that you take some water along into the park because there is a lot of walking to do and it can get pretty hot, especially in the summer.