Long weekend at the Yehliu Geopark

Soooo… Last week we had our second long weekend for this semester at the start of April, and this time it was for the Tomb Sweeping Festival. I wasn’t quite sure what to feel about all these long weekends since they’re messing up my school mood and I’m actually having a hard time concentrating and motivating myself because I get so lazy due to all the interruptions.

Anyway, since I had a 6-day break(!!!) from school and had nothing to do (besides homework, which doesn’t sound very appealing lol), I decided to go out with my friend to Yehliu Geopark, a place at the north coast of Taiwan that I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s quite far though, so the long weekend was the perfect opportunity for me to make the most out of it!

The Geopark is located at the northern coast of Taiwan in Wanli District, New Taipei City. The area is surrounded by the ocean, so there are lots of fishing boats as well as fresh seafood restaurants and markets in the area. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there by bus, but it is well worth the trip.

The park is undoubtedly the main attraction of the area, and it’s not hard to see why. ItsΒ sea-erosion landscape is breathtaking and it also features several curious natural rock formations.

The Queen’s Head, the most famous rock in the park (as you can see from the long queue!). This rock is estimated to be around 4,000 years old; but there is a growing concern that the Queen’s Head might be destroyed in the future not only because of natural processes but also because of the numerous visitors in the park trying to touch it.
“I want a hai bian (ocean/beach) photo!” So here it is. Lol!
The Elephant Rock. It looks just like an elephant taking a dip in the water! This rock’s story is really interesting: There is a local legend that a fairy and a turtle elf fought near Yehliu, and that the fairy rode this elephant to reach the place. However, after the battle, the fairy forgot to take the elephant with her. So people say that this elephant is still patiently waiting for the fairy to come back for him. Aww!
Can you see the Fairy’s Shoe?
The Candle Rock. My favorite sight in Yehliu Geopark! <3
So how much ginger tea can I make from these…?
It looks like a peanut to me XD
The Ice Cream Rock is just a rock, but… Still. Ice cream.
It’s a leopard!

I’m so in love with this place and I’m glad I went. It’s so relaxing to be around nature and the rock formations are beautiful, as well as the occasional shell and other marine fossils on the ground. It’s not very difficult to navigate, too! Perfect day trip destination for days when you just want to chill!

For those who are curious, here’s how we got there: From Taipei City Hall Bus Station or Taipei Main Station1, take bus 1815 heading to Wanli. If you have an EasyCard, you can go straight to the platform and pay when you board the bus instead of purchasing a ticket from the counter. The trip takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, and disembark at the Yehliu bus stop. Then follow the signs to Yehliu Geopark, it’s about 5-8 minutes walk from the bus stop.

A word of warning though if you want to go back to Taipei City Hall Bus Station: based on our experience,Β the bus going back to Taipei skips the Taipei City Hall stop and goes for Taipei Main Station instead!

  1. You can start at either station, both have bus 1815. But my preferred station is Taipei City Hall Bus Station because of my location and the fact that it’s less busy and less complicated than Taipei Main Station

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  1. I can completely relate with you on those long weekends. I didn’t have an “official” one but I didn’t go to school for a week and trying to get motivated academic wise was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

    And a 1 hour and 30 minutes trip via bus doesn’t sound too bad! It sounds like you took one bus to get there? Which is really convenient since you didn’t have to switch buses too.

    The park looks really amazing! That’s really cool that the rock formations are natural!! The shapes are really interesting and it’s cool that there’s a story associated with the Elephant Rock. Are there stories for all of them or just that one? Anyways, thanks for sharing! I liked looking at all the interesting shapes, haha. I took a geology class once and looking at rocks wasn’t nearly as interesting LOL

    1. Glad you liked it Rezina! πŸ˜€

      Not all rocks have legends surrounding them, I think only the Elephant Rock and the Fairy’s Shoe do. πŸ˜€

  2. OMG,that place looks so gorgeous! πŸ˜€
    My favorite place is the elephant rock, though the legend is quite sad – the fairy was darn selfish.
    I wish I could visit, but Italy is a bit far from Taiwan. xD

    Thank you for your comment. πŸ™‚
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    1. It is! πŸ™‚ Well, yeah, Italy is quite far but if you happen to be planning a trip to Asia, I would definitely recommend this place! πŸ˜€

  3. Ah, the elephant story is so cute! I want it to be true and for the fairy to come back!

    The rock formations are amazing. Nature is truly amazing, and how it can form such interesting shapes. I really hope the Queen’s Head doesn’t get destroyed πŸ™ Tourists can be the worst! Sure, come and visit but please be respectful of your surrounding as well! Sheese.

    Sounds like you had a perfect day! I would love to visit.

    1. Right? That’s what I thought too when I heard of the legend for the first time! πŸ™

      Yeah, it’s really sad how tourists can be so insensitive sometimes! I’ve actually seen some people during that day trying to touch the Queen’s Head, and other people were even sitting on the smaller, more sensitive rock formations! There are guards around the park but it’s impossible to keep watch on everyone.

  4. Oh my god, what a beautiful place! It doesn’t even look like somewhere here on Earth, that’s awesome!
    These rock formations are absolutely fascinating. I wish I could visit Taipei sometime hehe

  5. Wow, I’m in awe with Mother Nature’s art! I especially love the Queen’s Head and the Ice Cream! I hope the Queen’s Head will not be destroyed/disintegrated due to the tourists trying to touch it, it would be such a shame. The Candle Rock looks like such a serene rock formation, I love it.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your long weekend getaway and spent it browsing nature’s sculptures! They’re so gorgeous, like your beach and last photo! 😊

    1. I feel the same way about the Queen’s Head too. I hope that tourists would be more sensitive and mindful when they go to nature parks such as these!

  6. You’re lucky to have a six-day break from school! I’ll admit that it’s a bit distracting but at least you get to do anything you want XD. Yehliu Geopark looks amazing! I am intrigued by the way the land is shaped. It’s definitely good that you went and gained the experience of this beautiful landmark.

    1. The whole cape itself is interesting, and when viewed from overhead it actually looks turtle-shaped! I think it’s the reason why the legend about the fairy and the turtle came about!

  7. Wow! 6 days is such a long break from school! I’m glad you made the most of it. The place is so beautiful. <3 I can tell that you're really enjoying the tour. I like how the rocks look like certain objects. It's fascinating. :))

    1. It’s really long -_- It can be really hard to concentrate when there’s a super long break. Haha! But yeah, at least I got to go out and experience this beautiful place! <3

  8. Wow, the rock formations are beautiful and really cool looking! I like it when there’s stories to go along with things, like the Elephant Rock story. I also like how the Candle Rock one looks, and I like the wider photo you took (the one after the leopard one). What a neat place to visit!

    1. I love Candle Rock! When we came there it was quite windy so the waves were crashing against it. Beautiful sight <3

      Glad you liked the photos! πŸ˜€

  9. Wow, that looks like such an incredible place. The formations are all so interesting! There would be so much to look at and take photos of. I liked reading the descriptions of the different landmarks and some of the history behind them. πŸ˜€

    Hopefully, you’ll be able to get back into it with school.

  10. This looks so beautiful! I would love to go to a place like this. Nature is so amazing, and it’s incredible what it can create just through natural processes. I think man-made attractions are great to visit and there are plenty of really neat buildings and other such things to see, but I’m always wowed by naturally made phenomenons like these ones. πŸ™‚

  11. I totally know what you mean about the long weekends messing up your schedule. I feel the same with it regarding work, it’s been hard to get back into the flow of things with the long weekends! But I do appreciate the breaks! πŸ˜€

    It looks like you had fun regardless and it looks incredible. Taiwan really is a must see in my Asia trip next year! Being with nature is always refreshing, it’s one of my favourite things to do when I’m overwhelmed with the everyday world. I’m glad you got to experience it and relax πŸ˜€

    1. Right? Haha I’m okay with long weekends but here in Taiwan it’s happening every month – it can be quite distracting! Lol!

      Wow! If you’re ever in Taiwan next year we really should meet! Haha!

  12. If I had a six-day break (lucky you!), I’d definitely go somewhere, too πŸ™‚ 1.5 hour by bus is not long at all. I’ve taken longer bus rides to places in Korea, so that’s nothing for me XD

    Wow to your photos! It’s a beautiful place! The ocean and the rocks — I am loving it! I have minor interest in geology, so the rocks are definitely catching my attention πŸ˜€

    It’s great you decided to visit a place on your list. It sounds like a fantastic getaway. If I am ever in Taiwan, I’ll definitely check this place out!

    1. Glad you liked it Tara!

      Oh you’ll love looking at the rocks! The guide maps even have a description of how these rocks were formed, I think you’ll love reading through those! πŸ™‚

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