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“The seafood product market outside is more interesting”
Review of Yeh Liu Geo Park

Yeh Liu Geo Park
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A cape in Wanli, near Taipei, famous for its hoodoo stones, thin spires of rock formed by sedimentary stone. Many rock formations have creative names, including the most well-known “The Queen's Head.”
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Its website mentioned that there are free guided tour (免費導覽解說服務) at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm, and are limited to groups of at least 10 pax and max 30 pax. It did mention that the guided tour may be full so interested parties should call 14 days in advance to reserve a slot. As we hadn't determined our time of visiting, we didn't call to make any reservation. When we were there at 10 am on a Friday, the information counter informed that there's no such guided tour. Either the website is incorrect or the staff at the information counter can't be bothered to answer us.

At 10 am, the park was already very crowded. There is a route map behind the tickets but we can't really view it under the glaring sun. Many tourists also ignored the queuing instructions. So, it was actually quite chaotic inside the park. The more interesting formation are located on uneven grounds so the elderlies in my group didn't venture out to see them.

We intended to spend at least two hours in the park but had to cut it short as it was too hot (not windy at all) and too crowded (end June). Think we spent more time in the seafood product market outside than in the park. The seafood product market is sheltered and located between the exit and entrance of the park. The tour group usually board the bus at the exit so the seafood product market is not crowded at all. We were very fascinated with the variety of seafood products sold there (e.g. shrimps, fish floss, seaweed, dried preserved fish etc). There are many stalls and free sample tasting so you can compare and buy the one you like at competitive prices.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

The place is crowded most of the time and rains frequently. I went during mid November and luckilly no rain but so much tourists. It is said that the Queen's head is slowly dissapearing but don't know how true is the hoax. One more thing is do not touch the rocks coz there are security everywhere. They will blow whistle and yell at you.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Let's face it, the Geo Park is most suitable for people who are interested in marine biology and geography. Yehliu is basically a cape that has undergone tectonic uplifts and changes which combined with marine weathering and erosion processes, gives rise to the rocks seen today.
But it is also extremely popular with mainland Chinese tourists so be prepared to do battle with hordes of them on tours. But the plus side to this is that they generally do not have time to explore beyond the Queen's Head Rock area. If you have time, I will suggest you hike all the way to the head of the cape and the lighthouse. The scenery you encounter along the way is breathtaking. It is also pretty quiet and tranquil - a Zen-like hike of sorts.
Getting to Yehliu is a pain because it takes about an hour and a half from Taipei Main Station by bus. There are also taxi touts at the Yehliu stop. If you are traveling in a group and do not mind spending more to get to a place quickly, then taking a cab from Yehliu might not be a bad option. It is possible to get to Keelung, Jiufen and Taipei from Yehliu.

Thank wesley95
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The rock formations were very interesting, some resembling people or animals. Although there are designated paths, you need to be careful when walking out to the rock formations as the ground is uneven and undulating. It can be tricky when it rains as the ground becomes slippery and the strong winds can even turn your umbrellas inside out.

Thank Parbears
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This park is famous for its geologic anomalies and well worth the visit, though you can expect a large number of people. Still, it is possible to get some great photos of the unusual rock formations. They have security people around to make sure people don't abuse the rocks or their rules. One fussed at me for walking the wrong way on a one-way boardwalk but he did it in a pleasant way and we had a bit of a laugh over it. Once you get past the main area and climb the steps to the top of the hill, you will find few others will follow. The trail continues on for several hundred meters with some impressive views along the way, as well as some branching trails that will take you up to the radio tower or down along the shoreline. There are great photo opportunities along all these trails and little competition from the crowds near the entrance. Bird watchers will want to make sure to follow this hilltop trail as there are a number of species unique to this area.
While you are in the area, don't miss the chance to eat some great seafood. We ate at a little restaurant down the street where we got to choose the fish they cooked as it swam among its peers. Shrimp, lobster and shellfish were also available if we wanted.
The day we went it was very hot and humid, so we got something to drink just outside the park. It was tart with lime and other fruit juices and tasted just slightly salty. We were glad to get something with a lot of electrolytes considering the amount of fluids we had lost to hiking the trails.
Overall, I am glad I went. It was well worth the hours drive from Taipei and the scenery along the way was lovely, some of the mountain views were even spectacular.

Thank Lee R
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