Monday, 12 January 2015

Nature’s Wonders at Yehliu Geopark. 10-Days Trip Itinerary in Taiwan (Part 3)

Taipei, here I come again! Well, in late August 2014 we traveled to Taipei, Taiwan. For this trip, I had the fun and hubby had to work. The last time we both visited Taiwan was back in 2008, and that was our first overseas trip together. 

Hubby at a very last minute asked if I wanted to re-visit Taiwan and of course, I answered "XXX"! That's a great thing being a wanderlust wife...hehe!

So, on 29 August 2014, I had my solo-travel and took Malaysia Airlines from Penang – Kuala Lumpur – Taipei. My flight was in the midnight and I arrived Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport the next morning at 6.00a.m. on 30 August 2014 while hubby greeted me at the hotel lobby. I spent 10 days, 9 nights in Taiwan (29 August 2014 – 7 September 2014) and it was entirely a free & easy trip for me.

Day 1: 29 August 2014  
PENANG Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) → TAIWAN (TAIPEI)
Depart from Penang – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Day 2: 30 August 2014  
TAIWAN (TAIPEI)
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall – National Palace Museum – Damsui Fisherman Wharf – Tamsui Old Street – Shilin Night Market

Day 3: 31 August 2014  
TAIWAN (JINGTONG – PINGXI – SHIFEN – JIUFEN)
JINGTONG – Jingtong Train Station (Japanese wood constructed station) – Jingtong Old Street – Jingtong Railway Story Museum – Coal Mining Memorial Park
PINGXI – Pingxi Old Street
SHIFEN – Shifen Old Street – Shifen Waterfall – Yanjingdong Waterfall – Shifen Bridge –Jingan Suspension Bridge
JIUFEN – Jiufen Old Street – Jiufen Village - Shuqi Street

Day 4: 1 September 2014  
TAIWAN (TAIPEI)
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Changing of Guards Ceremony at 10.00a.m.) – 228 Peace Park – Presidential Office – Taipei 101 & Taipei World Trade Center – Longshan Temple & Longshan Temple Underground Shopping Bazaar – Ximen Red House – Ximending Commercial /Pedestrian Area – Sogo Departmental Store (Fuxing Branch)
  
Day 5: 2 September 2014   
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) 
Taipei Confucius Temple – Dalongdong Bao’an Temple – the 44th Kan Street – Sogo Departmental Store (Fuxing Branch) -  Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area  

Day 6: 3 September 2014   
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) 
Taipei 101 – Xinyi Shopping District Skywalks – Hankyu – Eslite Xinyi Bookstore – Shin Kong Mitsukoshi - Xinyi Place 

Day 7: 4 September 2014   
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) 
National Museum of History – Damsui Fisherman Wharf – Damsui Old Street - Sogo Departmental Store (Fuxing Branch) – Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market 

Day 8: 5 September 2014   
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) 
The Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate – Yonglian Temple - Luzhou Miaokou Market 

Day 9: 6 September 2014
TAIWAN (TAIPEI) 
Yehliu Geopark – Taipei Songshan Airport Plane Observation Deck – Pinglin Old Town & Old Street – Bao Ping Temple – Night Markets near Longshan Temple (Guangzhou Street Night Market, Huaxi Street Night Market, Xichang Street Night Market, Wuzhou Street Night Market) 

Day 10: 7 September 2014   
TAIWAN Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) PENANG 
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - Penang  

Yehliu Geopark, was my last stop on our second last day in Taiwan.  We had been to Taiwan back in 2008, but we missed Yehliu due to the unrecommended weather condition during our travel period during that time.

Ginger Rock
Mushroom Rocks
This "honeycomb weathering" can be found all over Yehliu GeoPark
So, on 6th September we headed to Yehliu Geopark, a cape located on the north coast of Taiwan. We took the earliest bus from Taipei (bus stop near Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, opposite Sogo Departmental Store) to Yehliu via Kuo-Kuang Bus no.1815 (approx. 1 hour 20 minutes ride) and arrived there at around 8.30a.m. The drive to Yehliu is very scenic, especially when you get closer to the coast. 
Fisherman's Boat
The bus stopped us at the main road.  We walked for 10 minutes towards the end of the street and saw many seafood restaurants and a temple before arriving at the entrance to the Geopark along the way.
Holely Rock!
As it was a sunny day, the whole area was terribly packed with people and umbrellas.
Renowned for its fascinating rock formations composed of mixed sandstone and shake sculptured by wind and water, the 1700 meter long coast is one of the most famous wonders of the world.  

The Geopark are divided into 3 main areas. The 1st area houses the mushroom, ginger, candle and ice cream rocks. The 2nd area, nearer to the coastline features the elephant rock, fairy shoe, earth rock, peanut rock and the famous Queen’s Head. The 3rd area is the wave-cut platform with steep cliffs where rocks are incarnated as a result of torrent waves and sea erosion such as the 24-Filial Piety Hill, Pearl and Marine Bird Rock. The third area also includes the major ecology reserve of Yehliu Geopark.
The Queen's Head - Packed with people and umbrellas
The star attraction is the "The Queen's Head", an iconic image of Taiwan that resembles the profile of an Egyptian Queen. This rock is such a treasured symbol of Taiwan, that you simply can’t go near neither lays a finger on it. The photo session with the “Queen” was terrible too! Check out the number of crowds behind.
Lovers Rock
Giant mushroom rock
Lovers Rock
Thick-neck mushroom rocks
Thick-neck mushroom rocks
Dragon's Head Rock
The formation rocks at Yehliu Geopark:
  • Honeycomb Rock, Honeycomb weathering
  • Mushroom Rock
  • Ginger Rock
  • Candle shaped Rock
  • Bean Curd Rock
  • Mini Taiwan Rock
  • Queen's Head
  • Fairy's shoe
  • Marine Bird Rock
  • Ice Cream Rock
  • Elephant Rock
  • Peanut Rock
  • Pearl Rock
  • Little Turtle Rock
  • Japanese Geisha Rock
  • Fried Drumstick
  • 24-filial piety hill
  • Lover Cave
  • Dragon Head Rock and many many more.... 
  • Click here to know about Yehliu Natural Landscape

The sun, the rocks and the blue blue sea!
Honeycombed Rock
Fairy’s Shoe (Left) & Peanut Rock (Right)
Leopard Rock?
Various kinds of fossils found in the sandstone all over the Yehliu GeoPark
We also found some fossil and the Statue of Lin Tien Jane, in commemoration of his bravery for scarifying his own live for saving others along the way. 
Statue of Lin Tien Jane
We enjoyed this place very much and left after more than 2 hours walk. The magnificent views of those beautiful rocks simply look great and we couldn’t resist ourselves to snap a few more photos back as memories. And also due to the brilliant weather, it makes our presence with those rocks look so picture perfect! 

Air Itinerary Details: 
Malaysia Airlines (MH): Penang - Kuala Lumpur International Airport  (KLIA) – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) / Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) - Penang

Accommodation: 
Taipei Fullerton East
(nearest MRT station: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Station via Bannan Line)
Address: No.32, Section 5, Nanjing East Road , Songshan District, 105 Taipei
e-mail: service@ taipeifullerton.com.tw

The Sherwood Taipei
(nearest MRT station: Zhongshan Junior High School Station via MRT Muzha-Neihu Line)
Address: No.111, Sec.3,Min Sheng East Road, Taipei
e-mail: sherwood@sherwood.com.tw 

Places of Interest / Entrance Tickets: 
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – FOC
Damsui Fisherman Wharf – FOC
National Palace Museum - NT$250
Presidential Office –FOC
Taipei 101 - NT$500
Taipei World Trade Center - FOC
Longshan Temple – FOC
Ximen Red House – FOC
Taipei Confucius Temple – FOC
Dalongdong Bao’an Temple – FOC
National Museum of History – FOC
The Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate – NT$60
Yonglian Temple – FOC
Yehliu Geopark - NT$80

Must Try / Eat:  
  • Jingtong Chicken Rolls
  • Fried Squid (Damsui Fisherman Wharf)
  • Deep Fried Chicken Cutlets (Shilin Night Market)
  • Lime Juice
  • Xiaolongbao (Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101)
  • Wrapped Ice-Cream with Shaved Peanut Rolls (Longshan Temple Night Markets)
  • Ke Kou Fish Balls (Damsui Fisherman Wharf)
  • Ice-Monster Shaved Ice Desserts
  • Chia Te Pineapple Cake
  • Formosa Chang Braised Minced Pork Rice
Local Transportation:
  • Easy Card NT$200 (Deposit NT$100) 
  • Taxi fares from Taoyuan International Airport – city – NT$900
  • National Palace Museum  (Take Damsui Line, stop at Shilin Station and take bus no. 30, 255, 304)  
  • Yehliu Geopark (Taipei – Yehliu via Kuo-Kuang Bus no.1815 for approx. 1 hour 20 minutes) NT$96
  • Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area (Take Nangang Line, Stop at Houshanpi Station)
  • Sogo Departmental Store (Fuxing Branch) (Take Nangang Line, Stop at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station)
  • Taipei Confucius Temple & Dalongdong Bao’an Temple (Take Damsui Line, Stop at Yuanshan Station)
  • Ximen Red House &  Ximending Commercial /Pedestrian Area (Take Banqiao Line, Stop at Ximen Station)
  • Taipei 101, Taipei World Trade Center, Xinyi Shopping District Skywalks, Hankyu – Eslite Xinyi Bookstore, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (Take Xinyi Line, Stop at Taipei 101 or World Trade Center Station)
  • 228 Peace Park & Presidential Office – (Take Xinyi Line, Stop at NTU Hospital)
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – (Take Xinyi Line, Stop at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall)
  • Taipei – Jingtong, Pingxi, Shifen, Jiufen – (Take bus no.1062 at Kee Lung bus station to Ruifang train station) (approx.1 hour)
  • Damsui Fisherman Wharf - (Take Damsui Line, Stop at Damsui Station)
  • Shilin Night Market (Take Damsui Line, Stop at Shilin Station)
  • Longshan Temple (Take Banqiao Line, Stop at Longshan Temple Station)
  • Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (Take Nangang Line, Stop at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station)
  • The Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate &  Yonglian Temple (Take Luzhou Line, Stop at Sanmin Senior High School Station, walk from  Fuxing Road towards National Open University)
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware” – Martin Buber  

 Read more about our travel experiences @ Taiwan:   

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2 comments:

  1. The photos taken at Yehliu made me want to visit the place. I would like to know if Bus #1815 is a low-floor bus whereby the bus driver can fit a ramp for a wheelchair-user.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi, thanks for dropping by and reading our blog post. With regards to your query on the public bus to Yehliu Geopark, we wish to inform you that the bus we took is an old public bus which is not very suitable for wheelchair users unlike the one we took to Jiufen which is an air-cond, well-equipped bus for tourists. The public bus we took stopped us at the main road and we had to crossed and walked for 10-15 minutes along public street towards the main entrance of the park. Overall, its quite time consuming and tiring too. For this case, we highly suggest that you carter a taxi/cab to bring you there. Hope the above info helps and do let me know if you need more details. Thanks and happy planning :)

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