Yeliu Geopark

Park in Taiwan's Northeast Coast

Stretching far out into the East China Sea, this limestone cape has long attracted people to its delightfully odd rock formations. It's a geologist's dreamland but also a fascinating place for the day tripper. Aeons of wind and sea erosion can be observed first-hand in hundreds of pitted and moulded rocks with quaint (but accurate) names such as Fairy's Shoe (仙女鞋; Xiānnǚ Xié) and Queen's Head (女王頭; Nǚwáng Tóu), which truly looks just like a silhouette of the famous Nefertiti bust.

The visitor information centre has an informative English brochure explaining the general conditions that created the cape and also the specific forces that formed different kinds of rock shapes, such as the mushroom rocks, marine potholes and honeycomb rocks. Tourism shuttle buses stop directly outside the park entrance.

Yeliu Geopark gets very crowded on weekends and during holidays, with many tourists swarming around Queen's Head waiting to take pictures. Try to visit early morning on a weekday.