A scenic must-do in North Taiwan
Yehliu Geopark is a beautiful coastal landscape filled with unique geological structures. Spread over 1,700 meters, the geopark on Yehliu Cape was formed from thousands of years of weathering and erosion. Its beautiful rock formations and rich ecological birdlife, including ospreys and little egrets, make visiting Yehliu Geopark an unforgettable experience.
Yehliu’s geological rock formations formed after constant erosion from the wind, rain and ocean currents. This resulted in unique hoodoo stones and thin spires of sedimentary rock that give Yehliu Geopark its unique characteristic.
Most of these stone structures have been named after the shapes they resemble including the Queen’s Head, Princess’ Head, Dragon’s Head, Mushroom Rocks, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, Ice Cream Rock, and Kissing Rock.
Yehliu Geopark’s most recognisable stone structure is the Queen’s head. Named after its resemblance to Queen Elizabeth I, the Queen’s Head formed from more than 4000 years of erosion. Due to it’s thin 125 cm neck that erodes at a rate of 0.2 to 0.5 cm per year, it’s expected to break within a few years or during the next earthquake.
Because of Queen’s Head delicate state, visitors are no longer permitted to touch the structure. Visitors are instead encouraged to get up close to the Princess’ Head, which is also considered to be the Queen’s Head “successor”.
Yehliu Geopark becomes a colourful spectacle at nighttime with elaborate light decorations. It also serves as a stunning backdrop for concerts.
Nearby the Yehliu Geopark is Yehliu Ocean World. Yehliu Ocean World is an oceanarium with exhibits including the Dolphin and Sea Lion Show, International Water Diving vs. Water Ballet, and Sea Life Exhibition Hall. The oceanarium is a fun interactive addition to the geopark.
No.167-1, Kangton Rd. | Yeh Liu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei 207, Taiwan
Taking a bus from Taipei to Yehliu Geopark is the best method.
From the Taipei West Bus Station at Taipei Main Station, purchase a ticket to Yehliu Geopark from the KuoKang window for around NT$100. This journey will drop you at the entrance to the geopark and takes approximately 90 minutes.