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A Geographic Park That Features Amazing Rock Formations

Yehliu Geopark is home to a stunning array of curious rock formations. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)
Yehliu Geopark is home to a stunning array of curious rock formations. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Yehliu Geopark was voted No. 1 of the nation’s top 10 natural landscapes in an online poll conducted by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau in 2013. Yehliu is a cape stretching 5,577 feet (1,700 meters) into the ocean, and is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Northern Taiwan. Not only is it a popular place for locals, but also a must-see destination for foreign visitors, including tourists from Mainland China.

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The Geopark is located in a humid subtropical region, and is under the influence of northeast monsoons and wave erosion for almost six months of the year. With the persistent erosion and weathering, the limestone and calcium carbonate rocks take on unusual shapes, while the surfaces are full of amazing seawater-eroded holes and fossils.

Persistent erosion and weathering make the limestone and calcium carbonate in Yehliu Geopark have amazing appearances. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Persistent erosion and weathering of the limestone and calcium carbonate rocks create unusual formations in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Yehliu Geopark is home to a stunning array of curious rock formations, and many of these have been given imaginative names based on their appearances. The “Queen’s Head” is an iconic image that resembles the profile of an Egyptian queen. It’s also an unofficial emblem for the New Taipei City’s Wanli District, where the Geopark is located. One of the most unusual aspects of the formation is its slender neck. Experts said that erosion is thinning the neck and that the rock is likely to topple within the next decade.

The Elephant Rock in Yehliu Geopark (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The “Elephant Rock” in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Other notable formations include the “Princess Rock,” “Ice Cream Rock,” “Mushroom Rocks,” the “Gorilla Rock,” “Candle Rocks,” “Fairy Shoe,” “Beehive,” “Ginger Rocks,” and the “Elephant Rock.”

The Leopard Rock that resembles the image of a leopard in Yehliu Geopark (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The “Leopard Rock” resembles the image of a leopard in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Additionally, there are many Miocene shallow sea organism fossils and trace fossils embedded in the rocks, which tell ancient tales of creatures from the past.

An amazing rock formation in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

An amazing rock formation in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Yehliu Geopark also abounds in edible green seaweeds. Many local residents make a living by harvesting seaweed attached to rocks on the shore. It is not uncommon to see vendors drying seaweed along the sidewalks.

There are many Miocene shallow sea organism fossils and trace fossils in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

There are many Miocene shallow sea organism fossils and trace fossils in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Nearby the Geopark is the “Gifts from Yehliu” market, which displays a rich variety of dried seaweeds,  seafood, and souvenirs, with free samples for tasting.

Yehliu Geopark also abounds with edible green seaweeds

Yehliu Geopark abounds with edible green seaweed. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Additionally, at the entrance of the Geopark is Yehliu Ocean World, where visitors can take in performances by dolphins, sea lions, high altitude divers, and walk through a 238-ft (100-meter) long transparent undersea tunnel.

The edible green seaweed growing on the rocks along the seashore in Yehliu Geopark (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The edible green seaweed growing on the rocks along the shoreline in Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Another feature in close proximity to the Geopark is the rich fishing grounds of the northern coast. As a result, there are many seafood restaurants outside the park, which offer an abundance of fresh seafood, including the well-known Wanli crabs.

The “Gifts from Yehliu” market displaying a rich variety of dried seaweeds, other seafood and souvenirs. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The “Gifts from Yehliu” market displays a rich variety of dried seaweed, seafood, and souvenirs. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Visitors can take in the performances by dolphins, sea lions and high altitude diving as well as the 100-meter long transparent undersea tunnel in the Yehliu Ocean World in the Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The Yehliu Ocean World at the entrance to Yehliu Geopark. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

If you are interested in an educational and interesting oceanside experience in northern Taiwan, Yehliu Geopark is your ideal choice.

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