Here Today, Taiwan Tomorrow: Yehliu Geopark

Part of the Here Today, Taiwan Tomorrow Series, introduction can be found here

Even in the busy city of Taipei, an abundance of lush green can be found. One of the great things about Taiwan is that visitors and locals alike can find their ideal balance of nature. If you are mainly a city explorer who enjoys the occasional park, Da’an Park is the Taiwanese equivalent to New York’s Central Park. For photography from Da’an Park, you can view this post.

If you crave more outdoor activities, there is a variety of different options available that only require a minimal amount of travel from Taipei. One particular nature spot that I recently traveled to was Yehliu Geopark in Wanli.

Entrance to Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Entrance to Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

Located on the northern part of the island, Yehliu Geopark attracts visitors intrigued by the unique rock formations. With a view of the sea and the waves, a visitor can enjoy the rock formations, sea caves, and plateaus while taking in the fresh breeze.

Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

This attraction captures more than just the hearts of geographers; many children particularly enjoy figuring out how these rock formations got their names. With titles such as The Queen’s Head, Fairy’s Shoe, and Elephant Rock, the Geopark offers something for everyone.

Elephant Rock in the Back, Yehliu, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Elephant Rock in the Back, Yehliu, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Queen's Head, Pouring Rain, Yehliu, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Queen’s Head, Pouring Rain, Yehliu, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

For those who like to get off the beaten track, the town of Wanli provides some great areas of exploration and observation into the Taiwanese fisherman lifestyle. Unlike many other popular Asian destinations, Taiwan wins out on outdoor merits by providing multiple types of terrain. From city life, townships, agricultural areas, beaches, and hot springs, Taiwan captures the various facets of Asian terrain in one little island.

Wanli Fishermen, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Wanli Fishermen, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Wanli Fishing Boat, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Wanli Fishing Boat, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

Temple in Wanli, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards,com

Temple in Wanli, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards,com
Fresh Seafood Tanks at Restaurants, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Fresh Seafood Tanks at Restaurants, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

Travelers turning towards Thailand and Vietnam by the appeal of outdoor expeditions should seriously consider a stop in Taiwan. Most areas in Taiwan are already seasoned to tourism and have systems in place to make tourists comfortable. Transportation, food, cell service, WiFi, and English-language capability are all found throughout the island. Further, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau does a great job at updating information on their website as well as running visitor centers in many cities and towns. I tend to go into these and ask the staff questions ranging from the best things to see, transportation, timing, and even recommended routes.

No matter your individual preference, Taiwan has something to offer you.

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Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com
Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan, backpacksandblackboards.com

For more information about Taiwan, you can visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau website.

For more information about Yehliu Geopark, you can visit their website

For the next post in this series, click here

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8 thoughts on “Here Today, Taiwan Tomorrow: Yehliu Geopark”

  1. Great photos! While I have been to Taiwan a few times, from your photos (and photos I have seen of their mountains) I have not taken in the natural beauty of the Island as I should have.

      1. Hong Kong is really this way also…such diversity with people, places (so many islands to visit) and of course food. I also like Taiwan as it has a direct flight back to Seattle (so convenient). Cheers!

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