The Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 is a major tourist destination in Taiwan and this is where we found unique rock formations and lots of tour groups.
Even at the entrance, the Geopark was packed with people. Don’t be mistaken by the picture on the right, that’s not a line to get in. It’s just a lot different tour groups waiting for their tour guides to get their tickets at the ticket counter.
Tickets to get into the Geopark:
- NT$80: Adults
- NT$40: Students (Taiwan only) and Kids (age 6-12)
- 20% off: Groups of 30+ People
- Free: Children under age of 6 (or height under 115cm), Disabled
Getting to the Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園:
Via Bus. We took a bus from Taipei West Bus Station Termial A 台北西站A棟 near Taipei Main Station. We took bus #1815 (Kuo-Kuang Bus) to Yehliu Geopark. Tickets are NT$96 one way, you can simply use your e-z link card to pay when you get on the bus. This bus comes around every 15 to 20 minutes.
You’ll be on the bus for about an hour to an hour and a half, so get comfortable. From the Yehliu bus stop, its a 10 minute walk to the Yehliu Geopark entrance.
When I was doing my research on how to get to Yehliu, I found that many people booked a private driver who took them to Yehliu and several other destinations. That would cut the traveling time and allow you to see a few more things. On this day, we were only able to make it to Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園, Jiufen九份, and Shifen. Some of the major destinations in this area that we missed/skipped included the Golden Waterfall, Keelung 基隆, etc.
The Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 is an area of land that juts out (is that considered to be a peninsula?) into the ocean on the northern coast of Taiwan. From the waves, winds, etc. the peninsula is continuously eroding creating this unique area in Taiwan.
Look at the unique formation of what Yehliu now looks like from google maps.
The Geopark is somewhat separated in a few sections: the area with the mushroom and ginger rocks, another area with mushroom and ginger rocks but with the famously shaped rocks, and the narrow platform landscape that was created from erosion.
There are plenty of signs and pathways that lead you through the park and lots of information about all of the rocks and formations. You really can spend all day here just exploring and site seeing.
You can always catch a little bit of info here and there from the many tour guides.
It is in these three areas where you will find rocks interestingly shaped rocks: candle shaped rock, ice cream rock, the Queen’s Head, Dragon’s Head Rock, elephant rocks, fairy’s shoe, earth rock, peanut rocks, 24-filial piety hill, pearl rock, and Marine Bird Rock.
Can you guess from the images below what these rocks are supposed to resemble?
There is a long line of people waiting to take a good picture with the Queen’s head. We didn’t get in line, instead got a picture from the other side. Some googled images of her head really show a stunning figure (and it is still eroding from the wind, and will probably one day break).
The Fairy’s Shoe 仙女鞋 (looks like a flip flop me) and the Pearl Rock also known as the Earth Rock.
Lots of mushroom rocks in different shapes. Check out the official Yehliu website to see what other shapes these rocks have formed.
After exploring the Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 and finding all of the interestingly shaped rocks, we found a pretty pathway and just continued following it without really knowing where we were heading.
I later found that this path near the entrance is called the “Big Cuesta” 大單面山. It is one of two Cuesta’s at the Geopark. The other is actually at the end of the peninsula and is more commonly known as “Gueitou Mountain” 龜頭山 which literally means turtle head mountain.
The path / trail we followed on the Big Cuesta is a nice stone paved path that led us up a hill along the coast. It gave us quite a view of the northern coast of Taiwan.
After several flights of stone stairs and open pathways we were finally led to a little gazebo at the peak of the hill. What a relief to know that we weren’t on our way to walking all the way around the island.
We ended up really enjoying this quiet walk. We always carried a 飯糰 with us everywhere we went in Taiwan and this was where we had lunch enjoying the coastal breeze and view from the Big Cuesta.
One last set of oddly shaped rocks can be viewed from the Big Cuesta. This is where you’ll get a good view of the Bean Curd / Tofu rocks 豆腐岩. It looks like a path that leads you into the ocean.
We spent most of our morning here at Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 and then hopped on another bus to Jiufen九份 for some tea and shopping.