An Engaging Geography Lesson At Yehliu Geopark, New Taipei

An Engaging Geography Lesson At Yehliu Geopark, New Taipei

If you love to admire the amazing works of Mother Nature and seek to reach out to them wherever you travel, don’t miss a visit to the scenic Yehliu Geopark in New Taipei City! Located 1 hour 20 minutes away from Taipei Main Station by public bus, this park is the ideal location to bring your geography textbook to life at a nominal fee of 80 TWD (2.40 USD) per adult and free for kids below 6 years old and visitors with disability!

Home to one-of-a-kind geological rock formations

an engaging geography lesson at yehliu geopark, new taipei | home to one-of-a-kind geological rock formations

Located on a 1.7-kilometer cape stretching out from the town of Wanli, Yehliu Geopark is a famous nature attraction in northern Taiwan that is home to numerous one-of-a-kind geological rock formations. The park is divided into three areas where the first area consists of mushroom and ginger rocks. Learn about how the mushroom and ginger rocks are developed through the English and Chinese information boards in the park. It is amazing how nature shaped the rocks into such stunning formations through the works of weather. Feel under the weather because of the scorching summer sun? How about admiring the popular ice cream rock to cool yourself down? You can also check out the candle shaped rock in this area.

Mother Nature’s version of the Queen’s Head

an engaging geography lesson at yehliu geopark, new taipei | mother nature’s version of the queen’s head

The second area is near the coast, also consisting mushroom and ginger rocks, albeit fewer in numbers. The iconic Queen’s Head landmark can be found in this area. This icon is so famous that it has become the unofficial emblem of the town of Wanli. In fact, it is almost impossible to take a beautiful photo of the Queen’s Head without the crowd, as there is always a long queue of eager visitors waiting anxiously for their turn, particularly if you visit on a weekend or public holiday.

Estimated to be about 4,000 years old, the Queen’s Head, a type of mushroom rock, was formed after the top of the rock fell apart around 1962 or 1963, and got its name because it looked like the side view of Queen Elizabeth. Due to sea erosion, its neck is getting narrower as the days go by. There are also several interesting rock formations by the coast in this area, including the Dragon’s Head, Elephant rock, Fairy’s Shoe, Earth rock and Peanut rock. So head to Yehliu to visit the Queen’s Head before it is too late!

Climb up the stairs for a great view of the steep cliffs and torrent waves

an engaging geography lesson at yehliu geopark, new taipei | climb up the stairs for a great view of the steep cliffs and torrent waves

Located on the other side of Yehliu is the third area where the wave-cut platform can be seen. You will find steep cliffs close to one side of the platform while torrent waves can be seen on the other side. As a result of sea erosion, several peculiarly shaped rocks of all sorts of sizes can be spotted in this area, including the 24-filial piety hill, pearl rock and Marine Bird Rock. The giant Marine Bird Rock is situated near the entrance of the wave-cut platform, just behind the rock structure you see above.

Breathtaking views of the East China Sea

an engaging geography lesson at yehliu geopark, new taipei | breathtaking views of the east china sea

Besides being able to see real-life images from your geography textbook pop up in front of you at Yehliu Geopark, you can soak in the scenic views of the East China Sea. Enjoy the breezy stroll as you tour and understand more about the fascinating rock formations in the park. Feel refreshed while you immerse yourself in one of the famous wonders of the world!

An enriching scenic day trip at Yehliu Geopark

This is one destination you should not miss when you visit Taiwan, especially if you are staying in Taipei for a few days. Instead of staying in the urban city all the time, why not make a day trip out to immerse in the lovely nature? Allow yourself at least 2 hours in the park so that you can take your time to enjoy the 1.7-kilometer long stretch of scenery. Let your eyes enjoy a great feast marvelling at the amazing rock formations while enriching yourself with interesting knowledge about how these rocks were formed. Enjoy your tour to Yehliu!

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