Updated on: June 30, 2018
Yehliu promontory aka Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 is a 1700m long cape of sedimentary rocks landscape which protrudes out into the ocean and is part of the Daliao miaocene formation within the north coast town of Wanli, Taiwan.
Yehliu Geopark weathered through erosions arising from strong tidal waves, weathering, earth crust movements for thousands of years before mankind was given the chance to appreciate this magnificent geological landscape by mother nature.
At Yehliu geopark, there are namely three different types of rock formations – Honeycombed, Mushroom and Ginger rocks.
When huge waves and the accompanying ocean water dissolves organisms like molluscus that leeches itself onto huge rocks, holes are created and form the honeycomb lookalike design on the surface of the rocks and these holes will be further enlarged as erosion continues day after day.
Mushroom rocks on the other hand, requires some understanding. A rock may have different compositions at the top, base and bottom levels with a slightly more durable calcium at the top layer and a less sturdy composite at the middle which is subsequently being mercilessly eroded by the sea and weathering into the forms of a head and a neck.
Ginger rocks form when parts of the rock with harder composition remains intact while the slightly more fragile parts of the rock descends downwards creating a rough and uneven surface terrain with an interlacing pattern.
Most of the stone structures are given endearing names based on their resemblance to certain things.
Be sure to look out for the more famous few Queens head, bird, elephant, peanut, fossil, candle amongst many other interesting rock structures.
While at Yehliu geopark, besides spending time to admire the picturesque coastlines and natural rocks formation, do remember to keep your hands to yourself or risk being whistled at by the guards as there is a strict no hands policy for their stone structures to prevent hastened erosion.