Located in the coastal area in Wanli District, New Taipei City, the terrain of Yehliu Geopark has been affected by weathering and it has become a well-known geological site for uniquely shaped rocks. The Geopark is part of the North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area.
The total distance measured from the entrance of the Yehliu Geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km; the widest area in between is shorter than 300 meters. The distance measured from Yehliu Stop at Jijin Highway to the end of the cape is about 2.4km. The rocky landscape of Yehliu Geopark is one of the world’s wonders. As the costal line is stretching in a direction almost perpendicular to the layers and the geological structures, plus the effect of coastal erosion, wind weathering, earth movement and crustal movement, such a rare and stunning geological landscape has been formed.
Yehliu Geopark can be divided into three areas. The first area contains mushroom rocks, ginger rocks and candle rocks. You may learn the development process of mushroom rocks as well as witness the appearance of numerous ginger rocks, cleavages, potholes and melting erosion panels. On top of that, the famous Candle-shaped Rock and the Ice Cream Rock are presented in this area as well.
The second area is similar to the first area, where the mushroom rocks and the ginger rocks are the prominent types, only they are fewer in numbers. You may see the renowned Queen’s Head, Dragon’s Head Rock, and etc. Near the sea, three types of rock with a special shape can be seen in this area: the Fairy’s Shoe, Earth Rock and Peanut Rock. The aforementioned are parts of the unique structural cores in the rock formations, revealed by the erosion of sea water.
The third area is the wave-cut platform located on the other side of Yehliu. This area is much narrower than the second area; one side of the platform is closely adjacent to steep cliffs while down below on the other side are crashing waves. Several rocks of grotesque shapes and sizes as the result of sea erosion can be found in this area, including the 24-filial Hills, Pearl Rock and Marine Bird Rock. The third area also includes the major ecology reserve of Yehliu Geopark in addition to the rocky landscapes.
(Source: NTPC Travel Website and Yehliu Geopark Website)