Exploring Yehliu Geopark | Day Trip Travel Guide from Taipei, Taiwan
May 2, 2020
Located on Taiwan’s north coast near Keelung City, Yehliu Geopark is one of the most popular tourists day trip activities from Taipei. Located just 30-40 minutes bus ride from Taipei city, its a must for anyone travelling to Taipei to visit this geographic wonder.
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The Geography Behind the Rock Formations
As the rock layer of the nearby seashore contains limestone that is subjected to water erosion, weathering and earth movements, Yehliu is full of seawater-eroded holes and numerous rocks in the shape of a mushroom, candle, and ginger. The scenery here is beautiful and you can trek along the ocean to find panoramic views of the East China Sea.
The Mushroom rocks have attracted the most attention from guests visiting Yehliu. Originally, these rocks have gone through water erosion, but as time goes by, the hard concretion came out due to the impact of wind, sun, rain and seawater. In present day, the mushroom rocks showcases 3 types of eroding process – from no-neck, broad-neck to narrow-neck ones.
Take note that the tourists are not allowed to touch or destroy any of these rock formations when visiting Yehliu, this is so that the next generations can enjoy seeing them as well.
Location of Yehliu Geopark
Address: 207, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Wanli District, 港東路167-1號
Yehliu is a cape in Wanli District, Taiwan that leads up to 1.7 km towards the East China Sea.
Directions to get from Taipei to Yehliu Geopark?
Option 1: By Public Transportation (Cheapest Option)
It’s easy to get to Yehliu Geopark from Taipei as there are several direct buses that run from the city. The travel time will take you about 1.5h and cost about NT $100-150. Information from Yehliu Geopark Website:
Getting from Taipei to Yehliu Geopark:
Take bus No. 1815 (bound for Jinshan Youth Activity Center) of Kuo-Kuang Co. at KUO-KUANG BUS TAIPEI TERMINAL (near Taipei Main Station); alight at Yehliu stop. The bus comes every 20 minutes. (Weekdays: the first bus at 05:40am and the last bus at 11:00pm; Weekends: the first bus at 06:30am and the last bus at 11:00pm.)
Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at Tamshui station (near Tamshui MRT Station); alight at Yehliu stop. The bus comes every 30 minutes (the first bus at 05:50am and the last bus at 10:20pm).
Take the express bus (bound to Jinshan) at National Taiwan University. The bus comes every 15 minute. (The first bus at 07:30am and the last bust at 10:10pm).
Getting from Keelung to Yehliu Geopark:
Take the express bus (bound for Jinshan or Tamsui) at Keelung station (near Keelung Railway Station). The Bus comes every 10 minute. (the first bus at 05:40 am and the last bus at 10:40pm).
Option 2: Booking a Yehliu Geopark Tour (Most Convenient Option)
The most convenient option would be to book a tour shuttle bus online (NT $450). These tours usually come in a package, so you’ll get to visit Jiufen, Shifen and the Golden Waterfall as well. Hence, the price that you’ll be paying is really worth it as it covers multiples attractions in one day and it saves you the hassle of the public transportation system.
Option 3: Rent a Vehicle
If previous options isn’t what you’re looking for, you can always rent a car. This is more cost-efficient if you have a group of 4-5 people. The duration of the journey will take you about 40 minutes.
Yehliu Geopark Ticket Fees & Opening Hours
Opening hours: Daily, 8am to 5pm Entrance Fees: NT $80for Adult ticket; NT $40 for students and children between 6-12; free for disabled & children under 6. Average Duration of Visit: 3-4 hours
You can purchase your tickets at the entrance ticket office when you arrive. Alternatively you can pre-book it online, the price is the same either way.
Things to do at Yehliu Geopark
1. Admire the Clear Waters
The location shown in this picture below is probably the first thing you’ll see after buying your entrance tickets to go inside the park. The water is clear and the view was absolutely stunning, perfect for a photoshoot.
2. Tour around the Rock Formations
The unique rock formations are the main reason visitors come to the park. Out of the many mushroom-like rocks that you will see, one stands out the most – Queen’s Head. This particular rock formation is said to resemble Queen Elizabeth I of England or Queen Nefertiti of Egypt.
Types of Rocks:
Mushroom Rocks: There is about 180 rocks in the shape of mushrooms, formed through the eroding process. Among them the most famous is the Queen’s Head.
Candle Rocks: Candle-shaped rocks were carved by marine erosion. After the softer surfaces had eroded off, the ball-like erosion had not only created a circular tench at the top but also encroached downward to shape a cone candlestick.
Honeycombed Rocks: Honeycombed rocks refer to mushroom-shaped crags whose surface is filled with marine-eroded holes of different sizes.
Ginger Rocks: After the softer surface had been washed away as a result of long periods of marine erosion, the hard calcium concretion of rocks were further squeezed by the earth movements to take the shape of gingers.
Pot Holes: Pebbles were brought by wave to wave-cut platform and then bumped deeper and deeper to form many pot-shared holes.
3. Hike to Scenic Spots
After viewing the rock formations, walk further up along the coast. You’ll find a lot of nice spots to take pictures along the way. There are also hiking trails that you’ll find where you can walk to higher grounds for even better views.
What to Bring to Yehliu Geopark?
I was here in June previously and it was extremely hot. Bring an umbrella or at least a hat because there is no shade around the park. Water is also an essential. If you need to grab a drink, there’s a local mart situated at the entrance. Other than that, wear comfortable shoes for walking. The hiking routes aren’t difficult at all, so flip-flops are fine too.
The Best Time to Visit Yehliu Geopark
The best time to get to the park is as early as possible – 8am. This is to avoid the crowds as thousands of tourists visit it everyday. There is also an option to visit it at sunset for the view, but the area gets very dark at night, so you’ll have to make you’re way out of it before that happens.
In June when I visited, the sun was strong and the skies were really clear. It made sightseeing and the view more enjoyable despite having to brave the heat. It is advised to check the weather report a day before planning your trip to park as you would not want to be there on a gloomy day.
Where to go After Visiting Yehliu Geopark?
Exploring Yehliu Geopark will only take you half a day to complete, subsequently, you can head to Keelung Night Market then to Jiufen Old Street and/or Shifen Area.
Getting to Keelung Night Market – Head back to the bus stop you alighted when you came from Taipei. At the opposite bus stop, take bus 862 or 790 (towards Keelung Train Station) and alight at Zhongsi Rd Bus Stop. The journey will take about 2 hours and cost about NT $30.
Getting from Keelung Night Market to Jiufen – From City Government Bus Stop (near Keelung Night Market), take bus 788 (towards Jinguashih) and alight at Jiufen Old Street Bus Stop. The journey will take about 1.5 hours and cost about NT $30.
Getting from Jiufen to Shifen Old Town: Get back on bus 788 on the opposite side (towards Keelung Train Station). Alight after 12 stops at Rueifang Station. From Rueifang Station, take the Train 4718 to Jingtong and alight at Shifen Station. The journey will take about 1.5 hours and cost about NT $35.