Looking for a nice weekend getaway to a place that’s invigorating yet relaxing? Somewhere tropical that’s filled with palm trees, a beach and beautiful landscapes?
Well… you might have to look a little further because Yehliu Geopark is not the place, and I’ll tell you why.
In the picture above it looks as if I’m alone on this beautiful gold sand island where all I hear is the ocean crashing against the rocks and the wind blowing through my hair. What you can’t see though is that it is Sunday, and on Sundays any tourist destination is packed with local Taiwanese people and well… tourists. It was a beautiful day and Yehliu was something that I’ve never seen before, but I absolutely hated how crowded it was.
This area isn’t where the famous Queen’s head is. It’s actually right before you get into the town of Yehliu where there is a big sign that has the Queen’s head on it. You can park your scooter in front of the sign and walk up a tiny hill that will lead you to these beautiful rock formations and textures.
My view on top of the rock formation.Beautiful, huh?
If you’re lucky, you might get a cute Taiwanese boy who will follow you around and help you take pictures. He was so sweet and helpful 🙂
WARNING! If you are being followed by a cute Taiwanese boy who is constantly smiling at you and offers to help you up and down the rocks, let him. Some of the men here are just so terribly sweet and completely harmless.
So now that you’ve finished taking stunning photos it’s time to move on to the real deal; the Queen’s Head, an iconic image in Taiwan!
This is not the Queen’s head, but looks very similar. These mushroom rock formations are caused by different phases of erosion that’s occurred over time. They say that a lot of the rocks at the Yehliu Geopark won’t last much longer due to weather conditions and erosion, so get here soon!
Here is the line I had to wait in to get my picture with the famous Queen’s head.
And here is the Queen’s head. It was actually a really cool thing to see, but waiting in the lines and trying to weave in and out of all the people was kind of a pain and not how I envisioned my time at the park.
Boo touristy destinations! I should’ve known.
My thoughts on the park? All together I think it was pretty cool site to see and I will be back. BUT I WILL NEVER GO BACK ON THE WEEKENDS. Like anywhere else in the world, this touristy destination was jam packed with people who wanted to take selfies and wedge through the lines. Today wasn’t too terribly bad but I would still recommend going when it’s less crowded. That way you can get an awesome shot of the Queen’s head and walk around contently.
Where is Yehliu Geopark?
The beautiful Yehliu Geopark is located on the northeast coast of Taiwan snuggled right in between the mountains and the ocean. I scootered from Keelung along Highway 2 and it only took about 30-45 minutes. I didn’t mind the drive at all. Passing through beach towns and areas where you can stop and take pictures are always a glorious thing, plus driving along the coast and away from the city is uber nice!
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