Nanya Rock (aka Nanya Peculiar Rock) is a layered sandtsone column on the shore of Ruifang District, New Taipei City. There are also many interesting rock formations in the area. It is one of the most recognizable rock formations on the north coast and a popular location for, kayakers, snorkelers, and instagrammers.
The sandstone and sedimentary that forms Nanya Rock formation was created between 10 and 20 million years ago, and was pushed out of the sea along with northern Taiwan thousands of years ago.
The Rock was formed by easily eroding sandstone, with the area underneath being eroded away by the sea and waves.
Nanya Rock is so named because it lies near Nanya Fishing Harbor in Ruifang.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Drive to Keelung, then from downtown take provincial highway 2 east about 20 KM until you reach Nanya harbor, and there is some free parking near the rock.
By Bus: From Taipei bus station, take bus 1811 to Nanya Nanxin Temple station.
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I have been past Nanya Rock countless times. It is easy to see along the north coast, and it is worth a stopover especially at sunset. Usually there are not too many people there even on busy holiday weekends.
Even though traffic was slammed when we went, there were not many people at the Nanya rocks.
There is a stone path that leads to the peculiar looking rocks.
We came just in time for sunset.
Closer view of the sunset.
A fisherman enjoying the sunest and more photos above.
Layers of sandstone visible on the ground.
View of Nanya Rock from above.
Some people pretending to be Lion King on a cliff nearby.
Another strange looking rock.
There are also some benches here.
"The layers formed by the sequential deposition of sediments provide a unique and visual record of sea-level change. These exposures are known as "cross" or "false bedding."
Another view of the rocks.
There is a stone stairway that goes down to the beach, but it is a little sketchy.
View of Nanya Rock from below.
Another view of Nanya Rock.
Side view of Nanya Rock.
Wave coming in.
There is also a small stream that comes in here from the mountains.
For more photos, check out the gallery above.
Last view of the sunset.
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