What else to visit in Taiwan?
It was the second day of our trip to Taiwan. Back home, we were thinking of other places to visit and we chose Yehliu Geopark. Yehliu Geopark is situated on the outskirt of Taipei, around an hour drive from the city. We booked our trip via Klook to avoid the hassle of changing transportations since Zinnirah was coming with us. You can book the Yehliu, Shifen and Jiufen tours which include transportations and the entrance ticket for an easier trip. However, should you visit Yehliu Geopark when you are visiting Taiwan?
Should you visit? A definite YES!
If you are asking us ‘should you visit Yehliu Geopark‘, we will definitely say yes! Yehliu Geopark is a huge geopark which has geological formations such as rock formations and fossils which were formed hundreds of years back. The formations were the result of sea erosion on softer rock layers which resulted in a very spectacular view.
Since we booked our trip from Klook, we were asked to wait in front of the Ximen MRT station. So, we woke up early and took the MRT to Ximen station. Upon exit, we could see so many people waiting there already since there were a few different Klook tours offered on that day. Whilst waiting, we wandered around the area, spontaneously planning on what to do when we return later in the evening.
The journey to Yehliu Geopark
Close to 10.00 am, the bus arrived. We were given a guide who then shared with us the history of Yehliu Geopark and what to expect there. Listening to his stories had made us excited to arrive there as soon as possible.
The journey to Yehliu Geopark was a very nice drive. From Taipei, we entered New Taipei City before entering the hilly areas of the city. The view from the bus was very beautiful. Taiwan is so blessed to have such a nice scenery and natural beauty.
Around an hour or so, we arrived at Yehliu Geopark area, which is situated exactly on the seaside. We were told to get off the bus and walked to the entrance of Yehliu Geopark.
What to expect when you visit Yehliu Geopark?
First of all, expect a very nice view of rock formations from the many viewing platforms available at the Yehliu Geopark. We went there during high season and we arrived around 11.00 am, which was the peak hour for people to visit Yehliu Geopark.
When we arrived, the place was swarming with people and it was scorching hot! We did not expect it to be so hot, we did not even think of getting an umbrella with us. Nevertheless, the place has a very beautiful view which compensated the uncomfortable heat and crowd.
The main ‘star’ of the place is the Queen’s head. We were told that every year, the neck became thinner due to erosion and one day, the head might fall off from the neck. However, apart from the Queen’s head, there are other formations which are as magnificent as the Queen’s head, so you may take your time walking around and immersing yourself with the view.
In fact, that was just what we did here. We walked from one formation to another and just enjoying the Mars-like view, but with the crowds. Coming from Malaysia which has no natural formation like this simply astonished us.
Tips when visiting Yehliu Geopark
From our experience, here are some tips to consider if you plan to visit Yehliu Geopark:
- Come early! The earlier the better because you can avoid the crowd.
- Bring an umbrella! If you are visiting during afternoon, the heat can be unforgiving. Do get an umbrella with you.
- If the queue at Queen’s head is long, head over to other formations. They are all unique.
- If you arrive early, go straight ahead to the formations area. You can get on the platform to get an overview of the place on your way back.
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