Sunday 22 September 2013

(Part 1) Taiwan Day 4 : Yehliu Geopark + Nanya Rock Formation + Yin Yang Sea + Golden Waterfall

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

Today's itinerary is all along the north coast of Taiwan where many national scenic areas are. We booked this local cab uncle for today. Highly recommended from HWZ forum. One full day (8 hours) for TWD3,700. If you are travelling in a group of 4 people and above, booking a cab is relatively cheaper,more convenient to travel around and more time saving.

If you are travelling in a smaller group, there is  Taiwan Tourist Shuttle service you can consider! This shuttle services pick passengers from many train stations to main tourist attractions. 

My cab driver: 姜長旺
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Tel:  0937869509

Yehliu Geopark 野柳 -> Keelung night market 基隆廟口夜市 -> Nanya rock formation 南雅奇岩 -> Ying Yang sea 阴阳海 -> Golden waterfall -> Jiufen -> Shifen

First stop - Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公园

Reading from wiki, Yehliu is mainly composed of sedimentary rocks. These formation of sea bays is due to the impact of sea erosion on rock. They have been given creatives names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the "The Queen's Head" (女王頭), an iconic image in Taiwan. Others are fairy's shoes, peanuts rock and etc..

Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公园

Mushroom Rocks

Queen's Head 女王頭
Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公园
Open daily from 07:30 to 17:00 all year round
Entrance Fee: Adult ticket NTD50

Second stop - Keelung night market 基隆廟口夜市 (opens whole day)

Lunch at Keelung night market 基隆廟口夜市

Third stop - Nanya Rock Formation 南雅奇岩

This is worth stopping by since it is just by the road side. You just have to tell the cab driver and he will bring you there. 
Nanya is famous for its fantastic rock formations and sea eroded coral shore. There are two strange beautiful striped pattern spires standing firm from the shore which are formed by the eroding forces of seawater, rain and wind. You can walk all the way down to the shore and enjoy the amazing view. 

南雅奇岩Nanya rock formation

Coral Shore

Fourth stop - Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海

As we travelled along the northeast coast road, we saw this strange scene whereby a bay of sea is a mixture of yellow and blue. Our cab driver explained to us that it was initially believed that it was due to water pollution by company but it was actually due to high amount of mineral pyrite that does not dissolve easily in water. Hence, the intense comparison of this yellow acidic water and blue sea water resulting into this strange but beautiful sight of Yin Yang Sea. 
Yin Yang Sea 阴阳海

Fifth stop - Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布

This name speaks for itself. Golden Waterfall located near Jinguashi 金瓜石 mining area where substantial amount of iron has oxidised been into golden yellow sands. This is one of the sources that causes Yin Yang Sea. 
Golden Waterfall 黄金瀑布
I love visiting scenic areas. The beauty of nature really enticed me. One phrase to end this - 世界真奇妙

Back to Taiwan Day 3 (Taipei) : Xi Men Ding 西门町
Back to Taiwan Day 2 (Kaohsiung) : Fo Guang Shan 佛光山
Back to Taiwan Day 1 (Kaohsiung) : Dream Mall + Liu He night market


  1. wow, I wasn't able to see the waterfall when we went there a week ago. Maybe it doesn't come out on winter. :(

    1. oh.. thats saddening.. did you tell your cab driver to go there?

  2. Hi, the cab driver will wait for you while you have your meals and shop around? Or there is a time schedule?? how far away is the golden waterfall and Nanya rocks from Jiufen and Shifen?

    1. yes the cab driver will wait for you and give u a time to meet back. like you have rent him for 8-10 hours.

  3. Did you go to these places in Dec?

  4. I am going in this end of Dec,
    wondering if you went also in Dec to enjoy such scenery?

  5. How did you meet your driver? Is it as simple as hailing one? Or was he referred by somebody else?

  6. Hi there! How much did you pay for the taxi driver for 8-10 hrs day trip? Thanks!