A natural wonderland on the north coast of Taiwan
Yehliu is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan. It’s primarily known for Yehliu Geopark, an amazing landscape of honeycomb and mushroom rocks eroded by the sea. Each year thousands of tourists visit Yehliu to witness the sandstone structures formed naturally over thousands of years.
Yehliu Geopark is a mesmerising landscape full of naturally formed rock formations. These beautiful structures are the result of thousands of years of erosion spread over a 1,700 meter coastline. Elephant Rock, Ginger Rock and Queen’s Head are just a few of the many amazing structures that can be seen here.
Yehliu Ocean World is an oceanarium originally opening in 1980. Exhibits include the Dolphin and Sea Lion Show, International Water Diving vs. Water Ballet, and Sea Life Exhibition Hall. The stadium has a seating capacity of 3,5000 and also includes a 100 meter long underwater tunnel.
The Yehliu Lighthouse is an 11.3 meter structure on top of Gueitou Mountain. Built in 1967, it was designed after the nearby candle shaped rocks. Next to the lighthouse is the red-white Yehliu Radio Tower, a 20 meter communication tower used to contact fishing vessels.
An interesting addition to the geopark is visiting the Baoan Temple. This elaborate 19th-century temple was originally built using materials from a boat abandoned in the Yehliu area. Many important rituals are held at the Baoan Temple including the Harbour Cleansing ritual held on the 15th day of the first lunar month.
Before Yehliu Geopark became the well organised park it is today, a tragedy struck the area in 1967. On March 18, a group of school children were visiting the area when student Chang Guoquan fell into sea. Local fisherman Lin Tianzhen jumped to his rescue, however both tragically drowned. A mandate was given by President Chiang Kai-Shek, to construct a memorial in honour of Lin Tianzhen’s bravery.
The best way to get to Yehliu Cape from Taipei is by bus. Take the 1815 bus from Taipei City Hall Bus Station (Jinqing Center) to Yehliu.