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