I still remember waking up to a gloomy and rainy morning that day in Taipei. Our plan for the day was to visit Yehliu Geopark by public transportation. The miserable weather got us thinking twice, but we ended up going anyway, since we already had plans for the other days we’re there. After a quick breakfast of instant noodles and milk at the lounge of CityInn Plus hotel, we took the MRT to Taipei Main Station and walked to the bus station from there. The were actually 2 bus stations in Taipei – Taipei Main Bus Station and Taipei West Bus Station, and we made the mistake of going to the wrong one. For Yehliu, we had to go to Taipei West Bus Station, which is exit K12 from Taipei Main Station MRT. The mistake cost us an extra 15 minutes walk, causing us to take a later bus than we scheduled for.
The Japanese geisha formation
After purchasing our bus tickets, we had about half an hour to kill and treated ourselves to Chatime. Yes, there’s a Chatime right next to the Taipei West Bus Station, so if you’re looking for a landmark, look for Chatime. 🙂 It only cost us NTD35 for the Pearl Milk Tea, which is about half the price sold in KL.
Taipei West Bus Station
Bus fare to Yehliu NTD$96 (~RM9.60)
The bus ride to Yehliu took about 1 hour, and we had to keep looking and asking the bus driver when we were supposed to go down. I guess this could pose a problem to tourists who don’t speak Mandarin since the bus driver didn’t speak English. We had to make do with the limited Mandarin we knew and luckily we managed to get down at the right station for Yehliu in the end.
On board the bus
The disadvantage of taking public bus to Yehliu is that the bus wouldn’t stop right in front of the Geopark. We had to walk about 10-15 minutes from the main road towards the Yehliu Geopark, and it wasn’t pleasant under the rainy and windy weather. But that’s the sacrifice we had to make for getting cheaper transport. 🙂 Once we reached, we bought entrance tickets to the Yehliu Geopark at NTD50 each.
Entrance of Yehliu Geopark
Entrance fee NTD$50 (~RM5)
Even during the gloomy weather, there were plenty of tour buses lined outside the entrance, with plenty of tourists around. It was a rather busy afternoon with a queue to almost everywhere. We walked along the quieter path towards the Yehliu cape, battling against the strong wind and cold rain, and were rewarded with the gorgeous view of the Yehliu coast from the top.
Us at Yehliu
Towards the Yehliu cape
View from Yehliu cape
The Yehliu cape
Bean curd rock
The wind and the waves were so strong that we couldn’t imagine how the boat could survive in the middle of the rough sea.
Is that the Black Pearl? 😛
Descending from the top
Soon, we descended from the cape and went towards the more popular part of geopark, which was the formation of hoodoo stones. These are essentially soft rock formation shaped by erosion from wind and weather condiitons. The most famous formation is The Queen’s Head, simply because it looked like the profile of Queen Elizabeth when viewed from a certain angle. It is also the only formation that was guarded, due to its fragile shape of the neck that could give way in a matter of time. When we were there, there was a long queue just to take a picture with the Queen’s Head! And things got a little nasty at some point due to people cutting queue and the strong wind and cold rain making people impatient. Luckily, the guard there managed to get the situation under control and we managed to get our pictures taken.
Queue to the Queen’s Head
It was overall quite an interesting experience, more so with the challenging weather. I suppose the pictures didn’t turn out as well as they would on be a clear day. But it was an experience worth remembering since it’s a matter of time before The Queen’s Head might wear out.
Super cold and windy!
The Japanese Geisha formation
Getting to Yehliu Geopark:
Take MRT to Taipei Main Station. Walk towards exit K12 to Taipei West Bus Station Terminal 1. Buy tickets from the station and ask the bus driver to inform you when you reach Yehliu bus stop. From the bus stop (opposite a police station), walk towards to the direction of the sea and you’ll see Yehliu Geopark after about 10-15 minutes.