I never thought that going from Taipei to Yeliu 野柳 could be this easy, as all we need is just get to Taipei Main Station and take a bus from there costing merely NT$96, less than US$3. Thank goodness, we didn’t hire a taxi and waste money unnecessarily!
This post was last updated on 26 Jan 2018.
Reasons to go Yeliu?
For all the days we were in Taipei, the name of Yeliu Geopark野柳 kept ringing in our ears, even the hotel staff strongly recommended it, so we thought it must be good. Thus, Yeliu Geopark joins Jiufen and Shifen as the top 3 priorities on our itinerary.
After touring Taipei twice in 4 months, and visited these 3 places twice, I still rated them highly! Indeed, you need to go take a look!
Yeliu, located on the northern coast of Taipei is best known for its rock formations stretching as far as 1.7km, all naturally shaped through thousand years of wind and sea erosion. All in all, more than 200 pieces of rocks created by the artistic Mother Nature are opened for your eyes only.
A natural world of this magnitude certainly warrants a visit. You have to come, so long as you’re visiting Taiwan!
How to go to Yeliu from Taipei?
Of course, the simplest way is to take a taxi, it cost NT$1,000 or USD$30.00. But we decided to go there by bus, as it is much more economical, anyway, traveling through taxi only gets you there 15 minutes faster. Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal was previously located at Taipei West Bus Station, as shown in the following picture:
Not anymore, as Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport has shifted since mid-2017. It now has its own building. So take note if another website is not giving you an updated infomation.
The new address and location of Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal is located just beside Taipei Main Station. It’s even nearer now. See the following map:
Here I am, at Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal.
From Taipei Main Station, 2 exits lead to Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal, M1and M2, both are less than 30 meters away from the exit of Taipei Main Station.
The other one is through M2 Exit.
Kuo-Kuang Bus Taipei Terminal is very popular, as can be seen from the many directional signages along the walkway of Taipei Main Station.
And now, we are ready for Yeliu!
But before that, do not be ‘fished’ away by the many taxi drivers crowding outside the bus station. They would shout to you the price of going Yeliu, which is NT$1,000 or US$29.80 for 4 passengers.
Kuo Kuang is also the only bus company here to bring you to Taoyuan International Airport ( Do follow my other post on Taipei Travel Guide). From Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport
**Do take note that I collect no commission or whatsoever from Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport. I recommended it through my own personal experience.
We thought the ticket to Yeliu 野柳 would be expensive but were shocked to pay just NT$96 or US$3.50 per person. Compare that to the price of taking a taxi, now you know how much you can save!
As the bus comes every 15 minutes, the queue is generally short. The bus service number to Yeliu is 1815. The bus passes by many bus stops before it reaches Yeliu. Do not worry that you do not know where to alight, as the bus captain would make announcement loudly. There is also a recorded announcement in both Chinese and English to announce the bus stop name just before arrival. Anyway, 80% of the passengers will alight here, so just follow the crowd.
50 minutes later, we arrived at Yeliu…… alighting at a bus stop which doesn’t look like a major attraction…..Upon returning to Taipei, simply take the same bus service 1815 opposite the road.
The town appeared to be very quiet and calm despite it being a Sunday.
But wait, we merely arrived at the ‘front gate’ of Yeliu, we are still 10 minutes walk away from it. We went past a lively fishing port with beautiful scenery and activities, too bad, it was not the main itinerary of this trip.
Finally, we arrived at Yeliu GeoPark! The place is easily identified by the countless tourist buses around it.
The park operating hours is 7.30 am to 5 pm daily. Ticket cost is NT$80 or US$3.00.
Some of the highlighted attractions in the park which all visitors should not be missed:
Then there is a Tourists Information Centre if you want to get more details about the place.
Wait, before you even get into Yeliu Geopark, allow me to warn you: the place is terribly hot, in the 1-2 hrs tour, there is no trees nor shelter to allow anyone to sit and rest, the scorching heat is punishing, it would have you crying for water. Take note, washroom is only available at its entrance.
This is the path to the park, and is the last time you could see trees before going further, having an umbrella in the tour of Yeliu Geopark is a luxury indeed! Still 30-40 meters away, we were already amazed when we first saw the rocks from far! We already have the urge to run towards it and hug it!
It seems so unreal that Mother Nature was actually the artist that shaped all these rocks into the shape of humans and animals. The most common one is the Mushrooms Rocks. To me, it looks more like someone had actually carved it. The superpower of Mother Nature is simply unbelievable!
In the arms of Mother Nature!
The ‘Ginger rocks'(Above picture).
The Statue Of Lin Tien Chen who lost his life while trying to save a visitor.
Many of the paths are rather narrow, some are steep, while others are very near the cliff or slope. There are Safety Officers around reminding visitors not to cross into danger area though.
The description of the rock formation being look like whatsoever thing might not fit your imagination, but an appreciation of how it has been transformed into is probably what makes this place great!
Queen’s Head 女王头
The main show of Yeliu GeoPark is certainly this rock formation which looks like England Queen’s Head女王头.
We didn’t even know that it was so famous and a must-see for visitors until we got curious about the large crowd and the long queue.
On my second trip to Yeliu 4 months later, as it was a rainy day, even though the queue was long, I found it alright to join the fun. There is another Queen’s head appeared near the exit of the park……
Oh no, it was a replica to appease those who could not join the queue of the original one.
Before exiting the park, a long row of shop awaits your patronage. Most shops are retailing dried seafood. But the most sellable is still the drinks, yes, a bottle of icy cold drink is all we needed in this humid weather.
A few months later, I visited the park again, still, I find it just as interesting as the first time I came, in fact, more enjoying, it was drizzling then and the weather was conducive for a stroll in the park. My kids who studied geography were here to do all the explanations to me. With more details about the rock formations, I’m closer to nature now.
Taxi Fare To Jiufen and Shifen from Yeliu
Yeliu Geopark is just about an hour bus journey from Jiufen and Shifen, don’t ever missed these top 3 great attractions of Taipei! By the way, taking a taxi from Yeliu to Jiufen cost NT$1,000 or US$29.80, travel time is about 30 minutes. From Yeliu to Shifen is NT$1,500, travel time is about 60 minutes.
Next must-go destination: Jiufen and Shifen
Go Shifen to make a promise and make a vow by releasing the Sky Lantern.
Go Jiufen Old Street to enjoy the many street foods and collect tons of souvenirs!
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Go Jiufen Old Street also to enjoy the tea at that famous Ah Mei Tea House! Jiufen A Mei Teahouse