New Taipei: Yehliu Geopark’s (Half) Day Tour

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

One of the premier natural landmarks of Northern Taiwan, the Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園) is home to different kinds of unique geological formations, including the famous “Queen’s Head”. It is located in a cape that stretches from the town of Wanli. While observing its sea-erosion landscape, you will amaze with God’s design with nature. It is said to have formed through thousands of years of geological movement from the mountains towards the sea.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

To further appreciate it, you can approach it closely, but you have to observe the park’s regulation to avoid any accidents or damage to the said natural masterpieces.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

During our visit we were caught with the unpredictable weather: we have to buy raincoats when rains suddenly fell and were replaced with very hot weather when they disappeared.

Your stress will surely be blown away as you savor the sea breeze. We roamed for about 2-3 hours to explore the place.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

To further understand and learn on the rock formations, the tourist center provides relevant information. If on a hurry, you can grab a brochure (written in major languages) that you can take home to study. Outside the park are shops selling souvenirs and snacks. There is also a parking lot if you plan to arrive by car.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

 

ABOUT YEHLIU GEOPARK
Yehliu Geopark (野柳; pinyin: Yěliǔ) is a cape in Wanli District, New Taipei, Taiwan. The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed the Datun Mountains out of the sea.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. These shapes can be viewed at the Yehliu Geopark operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area administration. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The best known is the “Queen’s Head” (女王頭), an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include the “Fairy Shoe”, the “Beehive”, the “Ginger Rocks”, and the “Sea Candles”.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Queen’s Head
Queen’s Head, by appearance it looks like Queen Elizabeth I, takes more than 4000 years to form. The length of its neck is 125 cm and has been weathered at a rate of 0.2 to 0.5 cm per year. It is expected to be broken in the next few years or next earthquake. As a result, this place is getting more and more crowded with tourists around the world.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Queen’s Head | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Princess’ Head
There is a Successor of The Queen’s Head- Princess’ Head in the park. The successor is chosen to distract the attention of the Queen’s Head and prevent the Queen’s Head from being touched by tourists and accelerate the damage.
Since the Queen’s Head is fragile, it has been protected by a stone necklace to prevent visitors from approaching the touch. But for this Cute Princess Rock, you can watch it up close. As the protection of nature, please do not touch the rock.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Princess Head | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


OPENING HOURS
Open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Park entrance | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


ADMISSION

  • Adult ticket NT$80
  • Half-fare ticket NT$40
    Student (Taiwan only or show ISI card)
    For the children aged between 6 and 12
  • Group ticket (thirty persons upward) 20% discount
  • Free | Courtesy entry: Disabled, Children under age of 6.
Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Amazing deal | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


DIRECTION
Located along the north coast, Yehliu Park 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 9AM and returning at 17:45.
  • 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.
    More info here: guidetotaipei.com
Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Crowded but worth it | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


VISITOR CENTER INFO

  • Address: No.167-1, Kantung Rd., Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City 20744, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • Phone:+886-2-24922016
  • Fax:+886-2-24924519
  • Web:http://www.ylgeopark.org.tw/
  • E-mail:info@ylgeopark.org.tw
Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Souvenir shops | Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園), Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


TIPS

  • Bring a windbreaker as the place is windy.
  • Bring a raincoat (it’s cheaper to buy from an individual vendor outside the park)
  • You can save more if you can buy souvenirs at the Shilin Night Market.
  • If in Taiwan and going to the North Coast, consider adding this to your bucket list, especially if you’re a nature lover.

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WHAT’S NEARBY

  • YEHLIU OCEAN WORLD
    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.
  • LION PARK
    A small park with breathtaking scenery of ocean and mountain view. Make sure to stop here before driving your way to Yehliu Geopark.
Lion Park | Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Lion Park | Wanli District, New Taipei City, Taiwan


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  1. Heidi says:

    Hi! I’ve just stumble to your blog. This is very helpful. we will consider this place when we go there this summer.

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