Yehliu Geopark was on the north-east coast of Taiwan, technically considered New Taipei City. After an hour-long bus ride from Taipei Main Station, I walked the remaining short distance to the site that I’d first heard about from a fellow blogger — twobrownfeet. I hadn’t been impressed with much I’d seen around Taipei until I arrived at this location.
On Yehliu’s limestone promontory that stretched over one and a half kilometres into the sea, were the strangest formations shaped by wind, sun, rain, waves and even earth movement. Not only were there about 180 rocks shaped like mushrooms, but rocks with honeycomb surfaces caused by marine life’s acidic secretions and sea water. As well, pot holes covered many of the flatter surfaces.
I arrived just as loads of tourist buses pulled in so climbed to the eleven metre high lighthouse that stood almost 100 metres above the sea and Filial-piety Hill beyond to the very tip of the promontory. Below were remnants of a cliff in a few remaining rocks washed over by waves. This was the windiest day I’d experience with waves lashing the rocks. I couldn’t keep my hat on, but nor could I look away from this awe-inspiring site.
If you only have one day in Taipei, this is the place you won’t want to miss.