28 July 2018

Yehliu Geopark - disappearing beauty of North

Another week, another place to visit. We really travel a lot around Taiwan. This country is really beautiful and has many special places I can't see in Poland. One of them is Yehliu Geopark with many stone formations. Another famous places except this are the Elephant Trunk Rock and Heping park

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園) is a really interesting place with many rocks formations. Walking around the place makes me feel like out of this planet.
It's a really popular place for travelers, parking space was full everywhere. I've see a lot of foreigners, probably much more than Taiwanese people. Even some people wore traditional Japanese clothing for photoshoot here.

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan     

Yehliu peninsula is about 1,7km long and 50-250m wide. Those rocks was formed about 25-10 millions years ago. The image of park is still changing due to the impact of sea erosion. The landscape of Yehliu Geopark is one of most famous wonders in the world. The coastal line is vertical to the structure line. The influence caused by wave attack, rock weathering, earth movement and crustal movement all format this unique landscape.


The stone formation have names based on their shape. For example you can see Ice cream rock, Elephant rock, Mushroom Rocks, Peanut Rock, Honeycomb rocks and weatherings, weathering rings, Candles rocks, Princess head and the most famous - Queen's Head.



yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan


The name Yehliu has an interesting story. Long time ago people lived from fishing. They relied on suppliers from land that offered them rice. During transportation local people used the sharp bamboo tube and stick rice there. They would live a hole in it so rice could easily slip out and they would pick it later. Rice trades often would say that rice was stolen by savages. Savage - Yeh, stolen - Liu.

yehliu geopark yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan tofu rocks

The view is really beautiful. The water looks very clean but due to huge waves swimming there is prohibited. Even walking around you will see red lines and signs not to cross it. Any violators of those rules will be fined.
Sunshine is so strong today and 37 degree now, my skin all became red... Btw, stone formations only watched from the right way looks beautiful.

Decomposition of earth rocks due to direct contact with atmosphere is called weathering. The atmosphere conditions like heat, cold, ice, and pressure may turn rocks into sand, mud and soil. Weathering influence rocks, soil and minerals as well as wood and artificial minerals.  
The place is under influence of Northeast monsoon and wave erosion over a six month period every year. 


yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

The bottom of sea cliff is often eroded by sea waves and as a result the notch will be formed. The sea notch can be also developed into sea cave. Lover's Cave is the biggest sea cave developed by sea erosion. When sea notches are continuously eroded by sea water, the stones will fall down.

Also as a result of sea erosion and weathering many potholes are formed. Those holes are often filled with sea water. In some of them you can also see small fishes and other water animals.
Near the sea you can also notice stones looking like candles.

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan honeycomb rock

In Yehliu you can see two cuestas - a hill featuring steep slope on one side with gentle slope on the other. In geology this name applies to a ridge where hard sedimentary rocks covers softer layer. 
The cuesta with its end in the sea is called Gueitou Mountain and the one near park - Big Cuesta. Looking down into the sea, you can also notice a row of Tofu Rocks. From pavilion you can have a full view at whole Yehliu Geopark. 

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan

As you walk through Yehliu Geopark you can also notice many remains of animals or plants which are found inside of rocks. Fossil is any preserved remains, impression or trace of any living thing from past geological age. It can include bones, shells, exoskeletons, stone inprints of animals, objects preserved in amber, wood, coal, oil and DNA remains.
The remains are considered to be fossils if they are over 10,000 years old.
Fossils are formed when organisms are buried and minerals in groundwater replace materials in bones and tissue. It can create a replica of the original organisms or of their tracks. 

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan fossil

At first I ignored the fossils so I only took this one picture. After leave the park I notice a map and explanation of this so I start to regret I didn't take more pictured where there was many of them near each other...

And here is honeycomb rock, Ice cream rock and pineapple bun. Honeycomb rocks and weatherings are those having many holes of different size, resembling honeycomb. 
From different side the shape change, I needed walk around to figure out which view looks the best. It was a fun time watching all of this stones formations. 

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan honeycomb rock
   
yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan ice cream rock

yehliu geopark queen's head yehliu peninsula north coast taipei taiwan


Address:
Yehliu Geopark, No. 167-1, Gangdong Road, Wanli District, New Taipei City, 207

1 comment:

  1. The sea erosion made a really spectacular landscape. Maybe in the future I could visit

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