Queen’s Head Rock Formation Yehliu GeoPark, Northern Taiwan
Yehliu GeoPark is home to a number of unique geological formations located along a cape stretching out on coastal Northern Taiwan. The iconic “Queen’s Head” (女王頭), rock formation is the unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli.
The cape stretches around 1,700 meters and is part of the Daliao Miaocene Formation. Thousands of years of geological movement forced the Datun Mountains to change its shape. The rocks jut out into the ocean.
DRIVE TO YEHLIU GEOPARK
Yehliu GeoPark is a formation of sedimentary rocks; formed by the sea and wind. Scenic, appealing with many rock formations, the north coastline of Taiwan has rocky outcrops.
The deep blue sea contrasts with the dramatic coastline of Taiwan. When I took the trip to the town of Wanli, it was stunning and memorable. It was a great day outdoors to soak in the sun, breathe in the nice sea breeze. The weirdly shaped rocks are the wonderful work of nature.
When we reached the park, it was a hot afternoon, with many tourists waiting in line to take pictures. We spent about two hours but did not get enough time to look at everything as it was getting hot. There are no covered walkways or shades to hide under. We squinted as the sun reflected back in the glare from the sea.
YEHLIU GEOPARK NATURAL WONDER
Yehliu GeoPark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape and is close to the sea.
The rock sculptures are a mix of sedimentary sandstone and shale. Each formation has a distinct mushroom-shaped heads poking out of the bare ground.
The formations have rather imaginative names based on their shapes.
Besides the famous Queen’s Head, there are many other remarkable formations. The other ‘statues” are Sea Candles (燭台石), Fairy Shoe (仙女鞋), Mushroom Rocks, the Tofu Rocks, Elephant Rock, Ginger Rocks, Ice Cream Rock, Kissing Rock, Princess’ Head and many interesting potholes.
In ecotourism, the conservation of natural assets and the protection of protection of the environments is important to its continuance as a natural wonder.
The authorities have taken care to protect the park from abuse. There are many signs put up and a red line drawn to demarcate dangerous slope.
During the summer months, Yehliu GeoPark is packed with scores of tourists walking everywhere. The rangers watch, monitor and help the tourist move around.
Tourists are cautioned to step away from the red lines. The Rangers are on hand to blow a whistle if a tourist goes beyond the safe zones.
There have been reported incidents of falling when overzealous tourists step over the rocky edge to take photos.
I enjoyed the scenery and wish we had more time to look around. The rock sculptures are a mix of sedimentary sandstone and shale formation. It has a distinct mushroom-shaped heads poking out of the bare ground.
The rock surface is rough and uneven. The formations have imaginative names based on their shapes.
Next to the GeoPark is the Yehliu Ocean World (野柳海洋世界), which is an oceanarium with ocean exhibits, and sea life including dolphin and sea lion performances. Tickets for the oceanarium can be reserved online and is a fun addition to the more educational experience at the GeoPark.
Outside the park, there are some small street markets where we get some food, drinks, and souvenirs. We got a few shrimp biscuits that are quite tasty.
How to Get There?
Yehliu GeoPark is located along the Northern coast of Taiwan. Its location is a bit remote but well worth the effort to visit.
By Long Distance Bus:
From Taipei West Bus Station – Terminal A (located at Taipei Main Station), go to the KuoKuang (國光) window and purchase a ticket for NT$96 to Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園). The journey takes around 90 minutes, and the bus will drop you on the main road just outside the park entrance. Walk down the lane on the left side to enter.
By Shuttle Bus:
Ride comfortably in a shuttle bus from Ximen to Yehliu, followed by the Ying Yang Sea, 13-Layer Remains, Golden Waterfall, Jiufen (九份), and Shifen Old Streets (十分老街) leaving at 9 am and returning at 5.45 pm
By North Coast Shuttle Bus (from Tamsui (淡水, Danshui) or Keelung):
Take the North Coast Shuttle Bus NT$200 all day unlimited rides from either MRT Tamsui Station or Keelung Railway Station.
Yehliu Geopark is on your left side and Yehliu Ocean Park is on your right side. Entrance fee is NT$80.00.
Yeh Liu Geo Park
Nature & Parks in New Taipei City, Taiwan
No.167-1, Kangton Rd. Yeh Liu Village, Wanli Dist., Xinbei 20744, Taiwan
Hours: Open today 8 AM–5 PM
Phone: +886 2 2492 2016
TIPS FOR VISITING YEHLIU GEOPARK
Do go early to avoid the tour bus crowd. The park opens at 8 am on the dot.
Do bring an umbrella as it can get very hot and the rains as there is no shelter. Apply sufficient sunblock. If you’re wearing a hat, it’s better to bring one with a strap as a sudden gush of wind will lift it off. It is dangerous to chase after your hat.
Do wear proper covered footwear as the rocks may be slippery after rains.
Do remember to bring your camera.
For a close up photo with the star attraction, the “Queen’s Head”, you will need to queue for it. The other rock formations are equally photogenic. The trick is to wait patiently for sole landscape photography without people in it.
Generally, about 45 minutes to an hour is sufficient to cover every corner, unless the queue is extremely long.
Tip from our guide: instead of lining up to take a photo with the queen’s head, just take a photo on the opposite side. No need to wait in queues and the photos looks about the same!
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