The Yehliu Geopark is home to several iconic geological formations worth checking out whether you want to enjoy the scenic view or take Instagram-winning pictures!
Yearly millions take a trip to Yehliu in the Wanli District of New Taipei City, Taiwan. And one of the main reasons for that is Yehliu Geopark.
The Yehliu cape is said to resemble a giant turtle submerged in the sea when seen from above and it has an interesting legend attached to it.
Once upon a time, a turtle elf was making trouble in the sea. Wanting to tame the turtle elf, the Jade Emperor sent a fairy, who punished the turtle elf. Though the legend is a bit unclear on how the turtle elf was punished.
Rather than a naughty turtle, the 1.7 km cape that stretches along the north coast of Taiwan, was formed when years of geographical movements accumulated and forced the Datun Mountains out of the sea.
Natural causes such as weathering and crustal movement have brought to life unique rock formations that have made Yehliu Geopark a well-known and often frequented destination in Taiwan. Some of the formations were even given creative names like Queen’s Head, Fairy’s Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Ice-cream Rock, and Sea Candles.
Aside from these popular rock formations that often have snaking queues of people waiting to take a picture (especially the Queen’s Head), the park also has other fascinating formations that you can discover. Sea caves, ocean erosion potholes caused by erosion and differential weathering, trace fossils, and sea grooves formed when the surface of concretion is eroded by waves, are some of the features you will come across at Yehliu Geopark.
Yehliu Geopark | http://www.ylgeopark.org.tw/
No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City 20744, Taiwan, R.O.C
Mon – Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Admission (Free for children under 115 cm/6 yrs)
Child (6 – 12 yrs): NT$40
Image Source: Yehliu Geopark