Exploring Taiwan’s Sights to See with UNLTD Travel and Tours

Day 1

YEHLIU GEOPARK (野柳地質公園) | Admission fee: NTD 80 (or PHP 135/ USD 0.033)

Operating hours: 8 AM to 5 PM.

Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu Geopark is a 1, 700 meter-long cape that is home to numerous geological formations, a sea-eroded cave, a lighthouse, the 24-filial-piety hill, and fossils.

It rains a lot in this part of Taiwan so, if the sun is out, don’t hide from it. You will be blessed with great Instagram worthy shots provided, of course, the horde of tourists doesn’t block you.

When visiting this area, make sure to wear shoes with a good traction. Bring also a sturdy umbrella because the winds can blow it away. If you don’t want the hassle, rain coats can be purchased for a minimal price.

 

Yehliu Geopark has a plethora of natural rock formations. However, for this blog post, I’ll just focus on mushroom rocks because the rest is for you to explore.
Mushroom Rocks Yehliu Geopark

The narrow neck mushroom rocks, when seen from a viewing platform, do resemble mushrooms with its wide top and narrow base. Meanwhile, other mushroom rocks that have no neck or a broad neck adds to the spectacle because not only does it look like budding mushrooms but it also displays different stages of erosion.

 

Mushroom Rock

What seems small from afar is actually big up close. Thus, we didn’t let the opportunity pass by without having a photo in the rock wonderland.

 

Queen's Head

Included in the mushroom rocks is the famous “Queen’s Head” which got its name for its supposed likeness to England’s Queen Elizabeth I. I have to admit that there is a need for me to stretch my imagination to conceptualize the Queen’s distinct features. Regardless, as it is Yehliu Geopark’s landmark, it draws massive crowds of visitors. You will most likely find it hard to take a photo of it or with it without people in the background.

 

Yehliu Geopark

My final tips for you as you visit the Yehliu Geopark:

  • Do not touch, climb, and write on the rocks. We, of course, want its natural beauty to be enjoyed by the future generations.
  • Do not go beyond the red lines. It was placed there to prevent you from slipping into the ocean.
  • Make it a half day excursion to maximize your visit in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

JIUFEN  (九份) | FREE ADMISSION

 Jiufen got its name from the habit of nine families who resided the area during the Qing dynasty. They usually purchased nine objects or portions each time. During the Japanese occupation in 1983, gold was discovered. This resulted to infrastructure being built by the Japanese.

When the gold mining activities ceased, Jiufen became a tourist destination instead.

Jiufen

I can understand why visitors are easily enthralled with it. In fact, it served as an inspiration for the famous 2001 Japanese animated film, Spirited Away.

The vertically oriented town was built on the side of the hills facing the Pacific Ocean. It provides a quick respite from city life as visitors get to enjoy the cool breeze of the mountain, at the same time, enjoy the view of the sea. Remnants of Japanese architecture are still intact also which adds to the beautiful experience it offers.

Read further to see a glimpse of its unique charm.

 

Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)
Jiufen

The Jiufen Old Street is a covered alley that has a multitude of shops selling everything from food to tourist souvenirs. I’ve even seen calligraphy brushes being sold.

 

Jiufen

While exploring the place, we can’t help but notice that sellers use gimmicks to draw tourists. This lady, for instance, wore eye-catching accessories with big smiles.

 

Jiufen

Aside from shops, there are also museums such as the Museum of Ghost Masks and a hidden passage to another part of Jiufen. My favorite part though is the middle part because of the numerous red lanterns that make the place enchanting. I heard there is a lookout point for a scenic view of Mount Jilong, the coast, and the surrounding area in this middle part I’m referring to. Thus, I highly advise for you to head to Jiufen Old Street while there is still daylight to appreciate the view.

 

Jiufen

When we visit Jiufen again, we’ll make sure to allot one whole day so we will be able to try out different food it offers as well as have tea at the famous A-Mei Tea House or at one of its tea houses.

 

RAOHE ST. NIGHT MARKET

Shopping and dining at night markets are a distinctive part of Taiwanese local culture because of the various finds for a minimal cost. A visit to Taiwan should definitely include a visit to one.

Reifung

Located at the intersection of Bade Road, Section 4, and Tayou Street, we recommend Raohe St. Night Market for first timers. The night market is just 600 meters long and the walking path is easy. Food choices here are not also overwhelming in number.

What you must try here is the popular stuffed pepper bun which you can see in our video.

 

Rahoe St

Since we usually went for an unfamiliar food every time we visit a night market in Taiwan (this is I think my 5th time in Taiwan), we tried something that is familiar to the taste buds. We had torched beef cubes flavored with black pepper. The meat is cooked quite nicely and it can be addicting to eat even without rice.

 

Rahoe St

We paired it with a healthy drink concoction that is placed in a feeding bottle. There is no need to return the bottle as once you buy a drink, it is considered yours.

I didn’t want this post to be too long so I didn’t include photos of the other food that we ate. Please do watch our Youtube video if you want to see more food.

13 Responses to “Exploring Taiwan’s Sights to See with UNLTD Travel and Tours”

  1. Me-An,

    Reading your post brought back memories I had of Taiwan in various stages of my life. I was there at 12, then at 18, and several more times. Last time was a couple of years ago to take care my brother who died there. He had been living there for two decades.

    Seeing the places you have been to, they are all so distant, yet it feels as if they were just around the corner. Nothing much has changed in the last decade there and what they have, has so far been well-maintained. Gotta appreciate Taipei, a metropolis and it is surrounded by parks and geologic formations.

    I thank you for your post and photos for they also made me realize and appreciate the experience I had when I visited the country. For instance, those mushroom rocks? I could not care less back when I was a kid. I mean, what is there to see about rocks? But seeing those photos, I now appreciate how unique and fascinating they are.

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  2. Tbh, I am really hesitant in joining group travels because new people are still strangers. And I don’t know who they are or what they do. Yes, I get paranoid sometime and I do not trust easily. But I agree with the point that planning travelling with friends can be difficult because of each other’s priorities. With ready-made packages, it’s just easy to book and complete the specific number of people. Perhaps next time, I would consider it.

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  3. Lovely pictures as always! 🙂 i used to join a lot of local group tours when i was younger. It’s an awesome way to meet friends. So jealous that you got to do that overseas! I’ve never been to Taiwan but my husband used to visit often for business. He’s been bugging me to go. Would love to see the night market and the geopark live!!! 🙂

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  4. I was able to experience group travel a number of times. It was fun as you get to mingle with strangers until you become friends. You also learn the values of empathy, consideration, and patience. The farthest we’ve been was Hong Kong and again, It was fun.

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  5. I haven’t traveled yet, but if I will be given a chance, travelling with a group is a go-go! It is always exciting to try new things! Aside from the experience, you’ll also have new friends! I hope we can travel soon. 🙂

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  6. This is very timely as we are planning to visit Taiwan. Your photos are stunning. I would love to visit the Yehlie Geopark and the night market.

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  7. I actually (spontaneously) booked a ticket to Taiwan a few months back, but when I found out I was pregnant, I had to cancel the trip. Technically, I could still go, but since it was a delicate period, I decided not to risk it. This just means that I have to go some other time, but with a little one in tow! 🙂 I would still love to visit — it’s cheap, it’s beautiful, and I heard the food is really good! Well, your post just confirms these things! 🙂 UNLTD Travel and Tours did a really good job in creating your itinerary. They took you to the popular must-see places like the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Palace but also to places I’ve never even heard of before! Maybe when we go one day, I’ll use this post as my reference and inspiration. 🙂 I love the Mushroom Rocks! (Well, I love mushrooms, so that’s probably why. Haha!) They’re so fascinating… and you photographed it so well! I thought the rocks were small until you took a closer shot! I was surprised to see how huge they actually are. I love your couple shots by the way! So cute! 🙂 More happy travels for you two! <3

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  8. Taiwan seems to be another go-to destination for millennials. What I like about traveling with a group of strangers is that you may end up being friends. Plus, if don’t have someone to take photos for you, they could be your photographers of some sort. But anyway, Taiwan has so much history coming from your post. I would love to visit it and just take Instagrammable photos! 💙

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  9. I never tried getting a full package when I travel, however, we tried getting a tour in Palawan where you get to be with different people in one boat. It was an avenue for you to meet new friends. I do the planning if it’s just me and my husband, or if we will be travelling with our friends, we have this friend eho is best on planning at everything! Yes, DIY travel can be a hassle since you really need to have time researching. I haven’t traveled internationally and I guess getting someone who knows the place to arrange your itenerary is a great idea.

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  10. Aica Batoon

    Sure looks like an amazing trip! I’ve never been to Taiwan but I’ve always wanted to go there. Your photos definitely captured Taiwan’s beauty!! I am so envious. I’ll recommend UNLTD Travel and Tours to my parents right away~ Or maybe after I graduate, I would love to travel with my friends (Hopefully)! Thank you so much for sharing!!! <3

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  11. Congratulations to Jason.
    I wish I had started my travel venture at least 10 years earlier. But, hell, no. I was at that time riding on my corporate career, oblivious to the exciting world of startups. Can you connect me to Jason, please? Maybe we can collaborate so something exciting.

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  12. A travel start up like this is my dream too. Jason has done well by assimilating all his experiences and creating something so productive like this. Taiwan and pocket friendly? Makes me curious. Need to follow for helpful tips.

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  13. menujubali

    I think its a Very nice tour. and a amazing tips. maybe Next moth i will going to Taiwan and explore this country. thank for your shared information

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