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Travel Log 10.2: Yehliu Geopark and Jiufen in Taiwan

March 29, 2013

Good morning Taipei

On our first day, we were picked up by our official chauffeur Chen and Victoria (my mom’s best friend). While we coast from Taipei to our destination, I noticed that there are a lot of roads and highways, so many signs and traffic lights and the best part is there’s no traffic. I thought of Manila, if only we have what they have, it would be so amazing.

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hello there chauffeur

 

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they don’t overtake cars. high five!

 

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Taipei 101

 

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tunnel

 

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where are all the tambays? hehe

Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu (Chinese: 野柳; pinyin: Yěliǔ) is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli between Taipei and Keelung.

The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain (大屯山) out of the sea.[1] A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. These shapes can be viewed at the Yeliu Geopark operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the “The Queen’s Head” (女王頭), an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include “The Fairy Shoe”, “The Bee Hive”, “The Ginger Rocks” and “The Sea Candles.” – Wikipedia

Entry Fee: 50NTD (around Php68.32)

Unlike some of my post, I can’t tell you based on my experience how we got here. But here’s how according to a post in TripAdvisor

From Taipei to Yehliu (By public bus)

Board a Kuo Kuang bus at Taipei West Bus Station Terminal A (near Taipei Main Station) to Yehliu — “Jin Shan Youth Activity Centre” route. There is no bus service route number. The first bus departs at 0540 hrs (weekdays) and 0615 hrs (weekends). Bus frequency: 15~20 mins. Fare: NT$96 (Can use Easycard) Travel time: About 1 hr 20 mins.

The park features incredible sedimentary rock formations and a nice view of the ocean. It was windy and cold so even if the sun was out shining on us, it gave us no sweat. I could sit here for hours just to feel the wind on my face. The park requires a lot of legwork and we were only able to explore halfway.

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Yehliu Geopark

 

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Queens head

 

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calm

 

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the path

 

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guide

 

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the tourist haha

 

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blue sky!

 

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Statue of a brave man who sacrificed his life by jumping in the water to save some children who were drowning.

 

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Observing the rock and the amazing view

 

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hello

 

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a sweet couple enjoying their quality time hehe. I thought of Dao Ming Si and SanChai , just because I’m in Taiwan lol

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Taiwanese couple, Japanese best friends and a Filipino photographer. haha

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Mushroom rock

 

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My mom with her friends

 

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The Bee Hive

 

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rocks

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parang movie lang

To exit completely, there is a row of  gift shops and food stalls you have to pass through. Most of the vendors don’t speak english but are pushy so beware. Here, you’ll find dried fish, dried seaweed, dried anything  (the kind where you can eat right then and there,  not like danggit with vinegar) nougat candies etc. Free taste are everywhere but I was scared to try because I might spit it out in case it’s not yummy hehe

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Gift of Yehliu

 

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nougat! and other candies

 

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so Chinese.. i see red

 

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[mark]Dim sum lunch[/mark]

Now to my favorite part, food. By noon,  our host brought us to an authentic dim sum restaurant. This is by far the most enjoyable meal for me all throughout our trip in Taiwan. I was so full and satisfied. There was no english translation or even pictures we can point at to help us order our food so Victoria and Chen helped us out. Please do tell what/where this is? 🙂 Makes me want to go to Ongpin.

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they have nice interior. Red and white!

 

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Is this Mister Siomai? No? the head shape is definitely a siomai

 

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can’t read the menu

 

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yummy.. but I don’t know what this is

 

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delicious siopao! no sweet sauce though, but still yummy

 

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the most perfectly shaped siomai I’ve had

 

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closer look, dipped in sauce. just WOW

Jiufen

Our next destination, Juifen.

Jiufen, also known as Jioufen or Chiufen (Chinese: 九份; pinyin: Jiǔfèn; Wade–Giles: Chiu3-fen4; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Káu-hūn; literally “nine portions”), is a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan. -Wikipedia

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reminds me of Tagaytay

 

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temple

 

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a long walk to..

 

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really no idea where we were going

 

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after about 10 minutes, finally… so this is a town market

 

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it’s crowded..kala ko walang tao eh.

 

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one of the shops

 

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this reminded me of Stanley’s Market in Hong Kong

 

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he’s happy with his purchased mochi

 

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can you spot the cute porky pig? hehe

 

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sorry guys! this is a mandatory photo hehe

 

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happy me at Juifen

Dinner

A sumptuous and healthy dinner at a typical Taiwanese food-to-go, where you’re supposed to drink beer instead of tea or water. The food is not sweet or salty, just right, thats why I think its healthy. Sorry I dont know what we ordered, no english menu. All I did was binge. hehehe.

 

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let’s start with the beer, hindi uso ang softdrinks dito

 

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some cabbage and squid?

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