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Taiwan Taipei Free And Easy Trip – Day 5

September 11, 2011 22 comments

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Today is our last day in Taipei.

Taipei Free and Easy Day 5

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LUNG SHAN TEMPLE 龙山寺

MRT: Take Banqiao Line to Longshan Temple station Exit 1

Walk: north on Xiyuan Road for about 5 mins

Open: 7 am – 10 pm daily

Ticket: Free Entrance

Long Shan Temple Main Entrance

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At the Exit of Long Shan MRT Station

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Aunties Selling Flower along the way, each Flower for Offering cost NT50

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Long Shan Temple

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Long Shan Si is a popular temple, it’s consists of 3 halls: the fore hall is used as the entrance and the space for the people to worship.

The main hall is in the center of the whole complex with a statue of Kuan-In as the main God of the temple.  Kuan-In is enshrined in the center accompanied by another 2 bodhisattvas, Manjusri at the left and Samantabhadra at the right.  The 18 Arhans are also present on both sides as attendants.

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Kwan-Yin Temple

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Temple is Giving Out Joss Stick for Free

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Information Counter

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Nice Temple

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On the Right Side of the Temple is Small Waterfall 净心瀑布

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On the Left Side of the Temple is Garden and Clock Tower

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History: LungshanTemple is located in the district Manka of Taipei.  It was founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy (Kuan-in in Chinese, or Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit).

It was rebuilt in 1919 and completed in 1924.  The Government, assigned Lungshan Temple a historical site of second grade on 19 Aug 1985, so that it will be preserved for future generations.

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YEHLIU GEOLOGICAL PARK 野柳地质公园

Yehliu Geo Park


MRT: Go to Taipei Station Exit M5 台北車站

Bus: Kuo Kuang 国光客运 take Bus 1815 to Yeliu 野柳 (1hr 15mins)

Location: No167-1 Gang Dong Road, Yehliu Village, Wanli Township, Taipei

Ticket: NT50 for adults and NT25 for children

Open: 8am to 6pm

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Taipei Main Station Exit M5 to Kuo Kuang Terminal

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Kuo Kuang Ticket Counter

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Kuo Kuang Bus Ticket to YehLiu at NT96

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Taipei Street View at Taipei Main Station

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Street View at Taipei Main Station

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Taipei Street view, on the way to Yehliu Geo Pak

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Taipei Technology University

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Wan Li Town, about 15mins to Yehliu Geo Park

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The bus stopped at the main road.  Yehliu Geological Park is at the end of the street.   So it’s walking time!!  There are a lot of seafood restaurants along the street.

Alight When you See this Sign Board

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Walk In the Side-Road (in the photo, the Direction of Bus stopping)

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This Way to Yehliu Geo Park, Walk about 10 mins

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Yehliu Fishing Port

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Fishing Nets

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Yehliu Temple

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Beautiful Yehliu Fishing Village

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Seafood Shops along the Street

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Yeliu is a cape of about 1,700 meters long formed by Datun Mountain 大屯山 reaching into the sea.  When overlooked from above, the place is like a giant turtle submerging into the sea.  Thus, it is also called “Yeliu Turtle”.

Yehliu Geo Park Ticket Counter & Entrance

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Yehliu Geo Park Ticket NT50

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The Yehliu Geological Park is famous for it’s natural rocks formation, are an amazing array of artistic shapes created by erosion and other natural forces.  It dates back about 10-25 million years ago.

Yehliu Geo Park View

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Looking for Funny Stone

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Ocean-Eroded Trench

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With some assistance from erosion, weathering and earth movement, the limestone and calcium carbonate surfaces have become fractured with giant rocks, pot holes and fossils.  Here, you can experience the raw power of geological forces at work as you step into what could likely be compared to a walk on the moon.

Holes on the Ground Everywhere.

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Sea-Eroded Rocks Everywhere.

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This is Cool

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Weathering Ring Rock

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Honeycomb Weathering

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Hole in the Rock

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The most well-known is the Queen’s Head rock – an iconic image of Taiwan that resembles the profile of an Egyptian queen.

This rock is such a treasured symbol of Taiwan that you cannot get near the rock itself.  Between cameras and eagle-eyed security guards stationed on either side, no one lays a finger on the Queen.

Continued erosion has reduced the circumference of her neck and it is believed that another five to ten years could cause the neck to naturally break off so they are quick to ensure no human forces speed that timeline up.

Famous Queen’s Head 女王頭

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Replica Queen’s Head in the Park

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Yehliu Geopark can be divided into three areas.  The first area contains mushroom rock and ginger rock.  You may learn the development process of mushroom rock as well as witness the appearance of ginger rock, cleavage, pothole and melting erosion panel.

Mushroom Rock

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Eroded Mushroom with Big Hole

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Split Mushroom Rock

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Ocean Erosion Pothole

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Mushroom Rocks. The Queen Head Rock is the one with small stone circulating it. Cannot enter the circle to take photo.

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The second area is similar to the first area, where the mushroom rock and the ginger rock are the main focuses, only they are fewer in numbers.

You may see the Queen’s Head, Dragon’s Head Rock, Elephant Rock, Fairy’s Shoe, Earth Rock and Peanut Rock.  The aforementioned are parts of the layers featuring special shapes as a result of being corroded by sea water.

Elephant Rock

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Fairy’s Shoe

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Peanut Rock

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The third area is the Wave-Cut Platform located on the other side of Yehliu.  One side of the platform is closely adjacent to steep cliffs while down below the other side is a scene of torrent waves.

Several rocks of grotesque shapes and sizes that are incarnated as a result of sea erosion can be seen in this area, including the 24-filial piety hill, pearl rock, Marine Bird Rock and major ecology reserve of Yehliu Geopark in addition to the said rock landscapes.

The total distance measured from the entrance of the Yehliu Geopark to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km

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Sea Groove – toward steep cliffs

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Pigeon Hawk Rock

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Lovers Cave 情人洞

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Inside the Sea-Eroded Caves

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Sea-Eroded Caves

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Another Sea-Eroded Caves

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Beautiful Cliff

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Crocodile Skin formation

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Unique rock formation

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We saw only locals when we walked deeper in.  They go deep in for fishing.  We both would like to walked towards the end but we don’t know where is the end.  After walking for an hour, we decided to walk back.

After An Hour walk from The Entrance

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Fishing Tour

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Lion’s Head Rock

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Half Face Rock

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Walking Back to Section 2

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The Statue of Lin Tien Jane, in commemoration of his bravery for scarifying his own live for saving others.  The monument describes in details the touching story.

Statue of Lin Tien Jane who Sacrificed His Life to Save a Collage Student who Fell into the Sea. Both of them died..

Note: The wind is very strong here.  You can either wear a cap or tie or gel your hair, if not your new hair style will spoil the beautiful shot of your photo. :p

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Yeliu Gift Shop 野柳特产街 just Beside the Exit

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YELIU MARINE WORLD

The marine world is the first marine center in the country for exhibition of ocean evolution.  It has the best sightseeing tunnel under sea, showing about 200 rare fish species and marine lives.  The area of marine live specimen demonstrates many specimens of precious marine mammals and fish.

Yeliu Marine Park, Opposite the Yeliu GeoPark

There are excellent shows of whales, dolphins and seals, such as diving, ballet on water and other talent shows.  There is a stadium with 3,500 seats.

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HOME SWEET HOME

We took taxi from Hotel to Kuo Kuang Station at NT150 then took Kuo Kuang Bus to Tao Yuan International Airport.  The taxi driver did offer us to go directly to Airport at NT800.  Since we are not in hurry and wanted to try the bus, so we rejected him.

Take Kuo Kuang No. 1819 to Tao Yuan Int’l Airport

Good Bye Taipei, Taiwan.  We will be back oh.  (*_*)

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Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & Taichung) Free and Easy Trip 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

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