Wednesday, November 3, 2010

TAIWAN TRAVEL 2010: Food and Tourist Sightseeing in Yehliu 野柳 & Jiufen 九份

The Beautiful Pacific Ocean
In this blog post, I will write about my visit to two of Taiwan's Famous Tourist Spot :-) Geological Park (野柳地質公園) & Jiu Fen (九份)


Yehliu (Chinese: 野柳; pinyin: Yěliǔ) is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli between Taipei and Keelung.

The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain (大屯山) out of the sea.

A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface. These shapes can be viewed at the Yeliu Geopark operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the "The Queen's Head" (女王頭), an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include "The Fairy Shoe", "The Bee Hive", "The Ginger Rocks" and "The Sea Candles."
Stayed in Taipei for the night and woke up at 6.00am to catch the bus to Yehliu

Took the bus heading towards Jin Shan

My bus ticket NT$96=RM 9.60

Got off the bus at Yehliu Fishing Harbor

Yehliu Temple...
Some random seafood restaurant

The history of some festival held there...
After walking about 10 minutes I spotted this sign :-)

My ticket NT$50=RM5...students in Taiwan get discounts on entrance fee sometimes even FREE entry at certain sight-seeing/historical sites...

The Fake Queen Head

Damn beautiful!!! Like something we only see in movies :-)
Blue skies blue sea....:-D

SUPER CLEAN and CLEAR water...I love how all these tourist sites a WELL-PRESERVED in Taiwan

Damn a lot of tourist lining up...
for this...

Yay!!! Got my touristy picture :-D...They say you better take picture while you still can as the neck is becoming thinner and thinner due to the erosion...and thus, eventually becoming the headless Queen...
Damn beautiful!!! If only I could paint!!! I would paint a picture of this!!!
Souvenir place

All sorts of knick knacks...

Super tired and sunburnt aunty....GAHHHHH!!!

JIU FEN LAO JIE (Jiu Fen Old Street)
The town of Jiufen is built into the side of the hills slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean coastline. The main area of interest to visitors are the town's historic commercial district which is covered by two pedestrian streets: Jishan Street (基山街, which runs along the ridge line), and Shuchi (Shuqi) Street (豎崎路, which runs up and down the slope of the hill). The area is small enough to cover on foot.

Until the 1950's, Jiufen was a prosperous gold mining town. The town went into sharp decline when mining was discontinued. The quaint streets, tea houses and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean saved it from becoming yet another anonymous mining ghost town. Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination for Taipeites eager to relive scenes from the past. It has provided the setting for several period movies. For example, its downtown was used as a model in the anime movie - Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki.

Gigantic Mushrooms
Damn freaking alot of people
Ate lunch here

Something that is a MUST EAT is Tou Kua Bao
The one in the middle is Tou Kua Bao...Taufu with mince meat inside
OMG!!! The Tung Hoon DAMN nice!!! available in Dry or Soup versions...


Some popiah wrap with peanuts & ice-cream...

Wild Boar...
SAUSAGE!!! No thank you :-P Freaking a lot of people lining up for it though...

Meat Dumpling thingy...

Tai yang bing a.k.a sun biscuits making in process

Dunno what shop/restaurant/cafe...but full of Taiwanese celeb pictures

You can see alot of Cottages decorated like this on the way up :-D
The Ruifang train station

My "standing" train ride back to Taipei NT$60=RM6.00
I stood for about 1 hour all the way back to Taipei and walked sooooooo damn much in Taiwan yet I still gain weight....FML!!!

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