Yehliu and its Rock Images
There were mushrooms, candles, animals, profiles of a princess and a queen, a shoe, and so much more. These are the rock formations found in Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan.
After our trip to Xiaoyoukeng and Qingtiangang of the Yangmingshan National Park, it was sort of a long drive going to Yehliu. I have dozed off to sleep along the way, especially that the cloud and the fog have covered the countryside scenery and there was nothing to see during our journey.
Located in Wanli of New Taipei City, Yehliu is a favorite destination for tourists because of its natural attractions. It was a Saturday so our driver, Peter, warned us that there would be throngs of people in this area.
He was right on the mark because when we got to Yehliu, almost every rock formation was covered by groups of tourists. I couldn’t even get a decent picture without having someone get into the frame.
Yehliu Geopark is a 1,700-meter long cape that showed remnants of marine erosion, weathering and geological movements. Change constantly occur but there were park employees guarding the area to make sure that visitors do not damage these rocks and contribute greatly to its dynamic evolution.
Scattered around this coastal area are mushroom rocks – from no-neck to narrow-neck to broad-neck images; candle rocks – that came with wicks; honeycombed rocks – their surfaces have tiny holes; ginger rocks – their surfaces are squeezed together by earth movement; pot holes; tofu rocks; sea-eroded caves; and fossils.
The most famous and the poster image of Yehliu is the Queen’s head. Here’s a tip: let your imagination run wild so you can see all these wonderful images. Otherwise, all you will see are just rocks and soil.
We exited the complex and was led straight to rows of souvenir shops, mostly selling dried seafood. We also had lunch in one of the stalls where I ordered oyster. Most of the stores we passed by prompted us to sample their goods, which we eagerly did and enjoyed the exercise.
If you plan to visit this place, their website details how to get to Yehliu and the history and information about the rock formations. You can also view our wonderful photos in my Facebook page album.