For Taipei, I will be breaking it into two posts since I was able to spend 3 days there. My itinerary for Taipei includes the following Taipei attractions – Shifen, Jiufen, Golden Waterfall, Yin Yang Sea, Yehliu Geopark, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Wufenpu, Fujin Street, Taroko Marble Gorge Tour and of course the night markets – Raohe, Shida and Shilin.
My Taipei Part 2 post here will feature Yehliu and the Taroko Gorge tour, starting with Yehliu first! You can read Part 1 of my Taiwan travel blog here.
I was looking forward to visiting Yehliu Geopark because I’ve always been fascinated by the work of nature; Geography was my favourite subject in school after English and Literature. I shall let the following pictures do the talking, let’s marvel at the work of Mother Nature. :)
And here’s the famous Queen’s Head rock formation!
According to my dad who saw the Queen’s Head twice, once during national service and the second time on his honeymoon with my mum, the formation today has shrunk quite a fair bit lol. So perhaps, if you’ve not seen it, go before it’s gone.
We didn’t want to join the queue for it, it was pretty long as under the scorching heat of the sun, nope haha. So we took it from a different side/angle, good enough la haha.
Our Taipei Hotel in Yehliu
Yehliu is a very laidback area. I mean, with the sea, how can it not? And with the sea, that also means that seafood is much cheaper here! So if you’d like to spend a day/night in Yehliu to fully explore the area, this is the hotel to stay. Boutix Resort Hotel Yehliu is literally right infront of Yehliu Geopark, making it a great base to start exploring Yehliu. And we loved it! Wish we had more time there.
Here’s a few pictures of our stay at the hotel. It’s a family-friendly hotel in Taipei too, so that’s a bonus for anyone travelling with kids to Taipei. You can read more about it in this post or find out more on Expedia’s Boutix hotel page.
Taroko Gorge: The Only Marble Gorge in the World
And now, our Taroko Gorge Tour by Expedia! Yes, you can book tours with Expedia too! You will be picked up from your hotel in Taipei, the driver will send you to the train station where you will take the HSR.
We had to put on these helmets for safety, just in case rocks fell. And since the boy’s a safety engineer, he’s right in his zone with the helmet la hahaha. I have the tissue on my chin for hygiene purposes, as advised by our tour guide k.
Taroko Gorge is the only marble gorge in the world, so I just felt awe-struck and very thankful to be able to see it. It’s massive.
Seven Star Beach
And then we were brought to the Seven Star Beach.
I love views like this, where all you see is the ocean, and only the ocean. We can’t get views like this in Singapore since our waters are always peppered with ships.
The Seven Star Beach had a really lovely beach vibe because of the beautiful blue waters, white sand and a guy singing along with his guitar (he’s really good btw). It had the setting perfect for lazing away with the sea breeze in your hair and face. It’s a pity we only had 20 mins here.
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Exploring Taipei (Part 2) Yehliu + Taroko Gorge Tour