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NORTH OF TAIWAN
DAY 3 YEHLIU, JIUFEN, PINGXI

Today is the last day of my trip. I had to go home a day earlier than Kait and Cham because dad had plans somewhere so I had to stay at the office.

We decided to spend whole day driving around the north of Taiwan. Luckily we found a very affordable car for hire whom we contracted to drive for us the whole day. Also, it’s super convenient for us because he grew up in the Philippines (same as us) and can speak English, Fuk Yuen, Mandarin and Filipino fluently.

Joseph (driver) told us that he would pick us up at the hotel at 9am. Originally we planned to eat out before leaving but since Joseph was a bit early, we didn’t get to eat breakfast anymore. Good thing our hotel has free coffee and milk tea for guests.

Yehliu Geopark is located in the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli. It was an hour ride from Ximending. This park is known for the unusual rock formations that developed over thousands of years. This is one of nature’s wonders and is a good site to see when you’re already in the area.

The most famous rock is called the Queen’s Head, named after Queen Elizabeth. This rock has been in existence for 4,000 years already. Imagine that!

Here’s how it looks like.

A photo of the Queen’s Head I got from gettyimages. Mine is the one on the right. It’s so fun taking pictures of other people posing.

That’s me hiding behind the mushroom rock.

This one is my favorite. It really does look like a leopard! For some reason it reminds me of Cartier’s Panther Jewelry Collection. Curious? Check it out here.

Walking along the Yehliu Coast.

This dog sunbathing blending in with the rocks, looking like another rock formation.

Right outside the park gates you will see this hall full of shops selling assorted items and food. At another side of the hall are small seafood restaurants.

We decided to save our appetite for later, but had small bites of food whenever a vendor would offer us something to taste.

Different kinds of dried fish. There’s fish meat, fish bones, fish skin, a choice of sweet, spicy or with seaweed. So many to choose from.

Fish flakes. Dried, roasted and flavored.

They have interesting fruits too. Huge sugar apples (sweetsop) and abiu.

They have an assortment of Chinese jewelry, medicines and herbs.

I bought myself some fried sweet and spicy eel meat to take home. Thin slices of crunchy eel. Yummy!

Next stop is an hour ride from here, an old walking street in the north of Taiwan!

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