Located at the north coast of Taiwan island, the wild Yehliu offers enormous stunning rock formations. Over time the limestone by the shoreline is subjected to erosion, weathering and earth movement, surfacing artistic shaped rocks like mushroom, honeycomb, ginger, candlestick etc. The most famous natural masterpiece is Queen's Head (女王頭), in fact that is a must-see for every visitors.
Formerly known as Formosa or 'Beautiful Island' in Portuguese, Taiwan is an island country governed by Republic of China (ROC). Decades ago, Taiwan might be perceived as grimy and overcrowded, but these connotation can remain as history. Today, entrepreneurship is the key strength leading Taiwan to progress rapidly especially in the areas of semiconductor, electronics, biotechnology and IT/communication. Home to a population of 23 million people, Taiwan is known as one of the Four Asian Tigers alongside with Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Yet, Taiwan offers more to my surprise! Despite of the development, Taiwan is also the home to high mountain ranges, pristine beaches, stunning national parks, beautiful hot springs and scenic natural landscapes. My first crisp trip to Taiwan had made me falling in love with this country. If you are naturalists, escape and get out of the city. Transportation service is reliable with reasonable cost. Make a day trip to Northern coast or a few days trip to Central/Eastern part of the island to appreciate the best of nature.
The city of Taipei is vibrant with plenty of attractions and easily reached by the subway (Taipei MRT). I found places on this island are much safer for self-explorers to travel compares to most cities in mainland China. The yellow-skinned people are very friendly (best if you can converse in Mandarin or Taiwanese/Min Nan/Hokkien) and eager to help. My visit was sleek and I felt like being at home!
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