If you haven’t noticed the trend, I didn’t know tons about what I was going to do on this whole Asia trip.  I knew general things, but nothing about them.  I did know that I wanted to go to Yehliu Geopark, though.  The park is a bunch of weird rock formations on the north east coast, not too far from Taipei.

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It wasn’t crazy busy when I was there, but there was still a crowd.  With umbrellas, of course, because it was rainy.  At first, at least.  Forgoing the rocks right away, another trail through some woods was what I wanted to see.  It led up the hillside with nice views of the coast on both sides.  It was an easy walk with stairs all the way up and a little table to rest at the top.  Be prepared, it can get pretty warm here.

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After returning from that, it was time to explore among the rock formations.  By now it was starting to dry up and the sun was shining.  The path split, so we went to the right first.  This is where the famous Queens Head is.  That’s the top picture, because from the side it looks like a Queens Head.  Creative, right?

There is also a line in front of it so you can get the perfect picture without people behind you!  There is actually a guard standing by it that will yell at you if you’re in the way.  Not that I know from experience or anything.

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I liked the area to the left much more. but I’m not entirely sure why.  There was one rock that looked like a whale’s tail and I really loved that one.  I think there were less people on that side, too.  It was an enjoyable place to just wander around for an afternoon and I would definitely recommend making a stop there if you have time.

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Helpful things:

  • Before or after you explore the geopark, keep walking down the path away from where you entered and hike up the hill.  It’s a cool little area that isn’t very busy.
  • Don’t get in the way of people taking pictures by the Queens Head.  They security guy will yell at you and shoo you off.  Not that I did that or anything..
  • To get there from Taipei, go to the West Bus Station Terminal A (at Taipei Main Station) and get a ticket to Yehliu Geopark from the KuoKuong window.  It’s 96 NTD.
  • I think if you go earlier it wouldn’t be as busy, but even in the middle of the afternoon it wasn’t bad.

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Have you been to Yehliu?  What did you think of it?  Do you want to go?