Little Yehliu (aka Xiaoyeliu) Geopark is a unique geological area on the coast of Taitung City. It bears the same name as Yeliu Geopark (famous for the Queen's Head Rock), because the rocks look similar to its more famous namesake. However Little Yehliu is much smaller as the name suggests, and its rock formations less spectacular. Despite this, it is still a beautiful and unique stretch of coastline.
Similar to Yehliu, the geology of Little Yehliu is made up of volcanic rock placed over sandstone. This makes for a unique structures and shapes, with large sturdy volcanic rock sitting upon easily weathered sandstone below, worn away by wind and water. Taitung County has become masterful at creating major tourist destinations out of what would normally go unnoticed, and this is no exception (for instance there are tons of this kind of coastline in northern Taiwan).
How to get there: Take highway 11 from Taitung City about 6km north and it will be on your left. If you do not have a scooter or car, buses also stop along this route.
Price: Parking is 50-60 NT for cars, and 15-20 NT for scooters. Otherwise entrance to the park is free.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Map: Please see below:
Our first and only time visiting the park was in the winter of 2015. I had a chance to go back when I drove around Taitung this summer, but with limited time and other places to see this was simply passed over. But if you haven't already, you should see it at least once. Once you enter the park, the most striking thing is the long sediment layers perpendicular to the beach.
A fossil perhaps? There are all kinds of weird formations everywhere.
Layers of sandstone stretching out to the sea.
I believe this formation is called tofu rock (豆腐岩石）.
The sea greeting the sandstone formations.
Honeycomb rock formation (蜂窩岩), formed out of volcanic rock.
There are many more formations along the beach, such as coral reef rock (珊瑚礁岩), cuesta (單面山), and mushroom rock (蕈狀岩). See if you can find them all!
A wave flowing into a long crevice.
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