Thursday, 14 January 2016

Taipei 4-Day Itinerary: Day Three

Read Day 1 here - Ping Xi, Shifen Old Street, Raohe Night Market
Read Day 2 here - Wufenpu, Xinyi area
Read Day 3 here - Wanhua, Yehliu Geopark
Read Day 4 here - Elephant Mountain, Yangminshan


Today I went to visit my host family from when I stayed in Taipei in the summer of 2013. It was nostalgic to be back in Wanhua (萬華) and I was pleased that I still remembered exactly how to walk to their place from the MRT station. Not much has changed except there is now a Pizza Hut in the neighbourhood. It was great to catch up and I am forever grateful for their hospitality.

Streets of Wanhua
After the visit I went to Yehliu (野柳) by bus. I went to the Taipei Main Station bus terminal, got a roundtrip ticket to Yehliu (NTD 178) and sat for 1.5 hours. The journey might seem long but it went by quickly with a nap.

Yehliu Fishing Port
After alighting from the bus I walked about 600 metres to the Geopark (野柳地質公園). The walk downhill was pleasant and I passed by the Yehliu Port. The Geopark itself was crowded with tourists and many of them in tour groups. Entrance cost NTD 80 for adults and NTD 40 if you have a student card. I know the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) definitely works but I am unsure about individual schools’ cards.

Yehliu Geopark


It was gorgeous to see the geological landscape despite the overcast skies. I loved watching the waves crash loudly against the shore. Of course, the interesting rock formations are why this place is famous and they’re a sight as well! It was a bit sad to see some tourists ignoring the signs and walking on parts that were clearly labelled as “Do Not Cross” which could ruin the natural beauty. Happenings like these give me urgency to travel to see things before they are ruined by humans due to popularity.



Read Day 1 here - Ping Xi, Shifen Old Street, Raohe Night Market
Read Day 2 here - Wufenpu, Xinyi area
Read Day 3 here - Wanhua, Yehliu Geopark
Read Day 4 here - Elephant Mountain, Yangminshan
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