There’s a small cape on the north coast of New Taipei in Taiwan and stretches about 1.7 kilometres into the ocean. It’s known as the Yehliu Promontory. Nearby, Datun Mountain was pushed from out of the sea by geological forces many years ago, but the real drawcard is the rock formations that are scattered along the edge of the ocean. These naturally carved formations are the result of years of sea erosion and unforgiving weather.
A short bus ride from Keelung city brings many visitors to Yehliu Geopark where they can marvel at these unique rock formations. Wandering around the area, visitors immediately discover its aridness, despite being located on the cusp of an ocean, and there’s an eerie feeling in the air; as if you’re walking on the moon.
There are many formations to see, as well as intricate layers of rock that are exposed to the elements, and it’s easy to get a grasp on the ancient natural history that this part of Taiwan shares with its visitors. There are also potholes to gaze in, a vast outlook of ocean to marvel over and the surreal sense that you’re not really standing on an earthly stretch of land.
Many of the formations are named fondly – there are many to see such as elephant rocks, tofu rocks, fairy’s shoe, beehives and sea candles. The most iconic is the Queen’s Head and it’s best to visit when the crowds are at their least so you can snatch a photo of Queen’s Head without the crowds surrounding her and ruining your photo opportunity. Still, it’s a novelty of an experience and as close to moon-walking as I’ll ever get in this lifetime!
Visit Yehliu Geopark and go moon-walking for yourself for only 50 TWD (AUD$1.80). No.167-1, Kantung Road, Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City 20744, Taiwan, R.O.C.