Stretching far out into the East China Sea, this limestone cape has long attracted people to its delightfully odd rock formations. Yehliu Geopark(野柳地質公園) is a geologist’s dreamland but also a fascinating place for the day tripper. Home to a number of unique geological formations including the iconic “Queen’s Head” (女王頭), it’s one of the premier destinations in northern Taiwan.
The total distance measured from the entrance of the Yehliu Geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km; the widest area in between is shorter than 300 m. The distance measured from Yehliu Stop at Jijin Highway to the end of the cape is about 2.4km. The rock landscape of Yehliu Geopark is one of most famous wonders in the world. The costal line is stretching in a direction vertical to the layer and the structure line; besides, the influences caused by wave attack, rock weathering, earth movement and crustal movement all contribute to the formation of such a rare and stunning geological landscape.
Aeons of wind and sea erosion can be observed first-hand in hundreds of pitted and moulded rocks with quaint (but accurate) names such as Fairy’s Shoe (仙女鞋; Xiānnǚ Xié) and Queen’s Head (女王頭; Nǚwáng Tóu), which truly looks just like a silhouette of the famous Nefertiti bust. Yehliu Geopark can be divided into three areas. The first area contains mushroom rock and ginger rock. The famous candle shaped rock and the ice cream rock are presented in this area. The second area is similar to the first area. The most famous attraction, Queen’s Head is in this area. The third area is the wave-cut platform located on the other side of Yehliu. This area is much narrower than the second area. The third area also includes the major ecology reserve of Yehliu Geopark in addition to the said rock landscapes.
Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape, while most of the spots are very close to the sea. The visitor information centre has an informative English brochure explaining the general conditions that created the cape and also the specific forces that formed different kinds of rock shapes, such as the mushroom rocks, marine potholes and honeycomb rocks. Tourism shuttle buses stop directly outside the park entrance.
Yehliu Geopark gets very crowded on weekends and during holidays, with many tourists swarming around Queen’s Head waiting to take pictures. Try to visit early morning on a weekday.
[野柳地質公園/Yě liǔ dìzhí gōngyuán]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-County: New Taipei City
-Features: Scenic Spots, Natural Landscape
-Highly recommend to: Outdoor Activities Enthusiasts, Families
-Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
-Tickets: Adult NT$80/ Children and Students NT$40
-Address: No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
●Take bus No. 1815 (bound for Jinshan Youth Activity Center) of Kuo-Kuang Co. at KUO-KUANG BUS TAIPEI TERMINAL (near Taipei Main Station); alight at Yehliu stop. The bus comes every 20 minutes.
●Take the express bus (bound for Jinshan or Tamsui) at Keelung station (near Keelung Railway Station). The Bus comes every 10 minute.
●Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at Tamshui station (near Tamshui MRT Station); alight at Yehliu stop. The bus comes every 30 minutes.
●Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at National Taiwan University. The bus comes every 15 minute.
●Sun Yat-sen Freeway →leave at Jinshan/Badu Interchang → Provincial Highway No.2 (in Jinshan/Wanli direction) →Yehliu
●No.3 Freeway →leave at Keelung/Wanli Interchange → Provincial Highway No.2 (in Jinshan/Wanli direction) →Yehliu
●Yangmingshan-Jinshan Highway →Jinshan →Provincial Highway No.2 →Wanli →Yehliu
●Tamshui →Provincial Highway No.2 →Sanzhi →Shihmen → Jinshan →Yehliu
●Keelung →Provincial Highway No.2 →Green Bay →Yehliu.