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. Its sea-erosion landscape is breathtaking and it also features several curious natural rock formations.
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, the bus going back to Taipei skips the Taipei City Hall stop and goes for Taipei Main Station instead!
- 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 ↩