Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts:
In Taiwan, most of the tourists travel by coaches.. which means that a place can easily be overcrowded. Taiwan is a popular destination for Chinese tourists and we experienced our first overwhelming sightseeing trip when we decided to visit Yelhiu Geopark.. alongside 10 000 other tourists (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but it was full of people :p). We drove from Keelung along the coast and the drive was very scenic ! The sky was a bit grey when we left Keelung that morning but it wasn’t raining.
Located North of Keelung, the Geopark is famous for the incredible rock formations, made of sandstone and eroded by the wind and water. The waves were super strong. Before walking amongst the rocks, we watched an interesting video with english subtitles at the visitor center explaining how the rocks were formed and eroded over time.
There are famous rock formations : the mushrooms, the candles, some erosion potholes, ginger rocks.. but the star attraction is the “The Queen’s Head”, a rock that resembles the profile of an Egyptian Queen. People were queuing for this but we didn’t bother.. we just took a picture from the distance.
The last part of the park was a major ecology reserve where you could spot some birds ! It was the quieter part of the park because it was slightly further away and people usually don’t dedicate hours to visit this place when they are part of an organized tour. It was a nice break from the crowds.
After spending time walking through the rocks, we had a look at the market nearby and tried one of their local fruit, the noni, also called sugar apple. It was definitively too squidgy and sweet for me but I was glad to have tried it !