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May 20, 2014 / jimmyjustaguy

South Korea – Busan – Jinhae Gunhangje

One of the highlights of this trip to South. Korea, is to catch the cherry blossoms at the 52nd Jinhae Gunhangjie, It is really a tranquil lovely place to enjoy the cherry blossoms. It ran from the 1st to the 10th of April for this year (2014). There are a few scenic spots to view the cherry blossom, and the most famous of which along the Yeojwacheon river. Another spot is at the Gyeonghwa station, where people camp to catch the arrivals of trains, which send cherry blossoms flying throughout the sky like snow. However, this station is actually quite a distance from the main jinhae festival location (hence, I skipped it). In fact, there are enough scenic spots to view the cherry blossoms within the vicinity of the jinhae festival, that one can get cherry blossom fatigue very fast… especially after catching cherry blossoms all around Jeju. Mt. Jehwang park is another nice place to view cherry blossoms. Not only is it atop a hill/mountain, it also has an observation tower, which gives you an all-encompassing view of the city.

To get to Jinhae from Busan, take the subway to Sasang station and take exit 5 towards Seobu Bus Terminal. Upon exiting, turn left and you should see a Macdonalds. Walk straight and the Bus Terminal should be in sight. It should be the place where most people are heading to. Purchase bus tickets to Jinhae from here. Its a one way ticket without timing restriction, so just board any bus that departs. Counter staff are friendly, and understand the word and pronunciation of Jinhae (gin hay). Proceed to platform 17 to board your bus. During the Jinhae festival, the most important advise is be EARLY! The earlier, the better! I reached the bus terminal and 0730, and boarded the 0750 bus. Bus journey is about 30-45mins. Get off at Jinhae Bus Terminal (last stop). This will also be the place where you take a bus back to Busan. Upon reaching the bus terminal, if you don’t have any navigation device (e.g. iphone!!!) you will be lost. It is a distance to the festival compound. I have included a map taken from Google map, for reference.

Enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Seobu Bus Terminal

Ticket Counter. Just say Jinhae (Gin hay) and they will understand. 5100won for one way.

Take your bus at platform 17. Free seating.

Map of Jinhae Downtown. Edited from google maps.

Just outside Jinhae Bus Terminal. Already you can feel the cherry blossom atmosphere.

At the festival location. I am too early. But its better to be early then late. When I departed at 1400hr, the whole place is flooded with people. You wouldn’t be able to take a picture without people in it.

The festival roundabout. There is a stage here. I suppose this is where the celebration takes place. But since my hotel is in Busan, and I don’t want to squeeze with people for the last bus back, I am not staying for till the lights turn on.

Beginning of the Yeojwacheon river walk.

Tourists are already beginning to build up. This bunch are either from Hongkong (China) or Guangdong (China), since they speak cantonese loudly.

The ‘real’ Yeojwacheon. PRETTY!!!

Because one shot is not enough…

… with umbrellas…

A shot with the bridge. By the way, the trail is pretty long, and there are a couple of such bridges along the path. Obviously, the first few will be cluttered with people. Just walk further down, and the crowd will lessen. 

Mt. Jehwang Observation Tower. Notice the steep hike upwards. You can either climb the stairs up, which is free, or you can take a tram ride up.

This is the entrance to the tram station. A queue is already forming when I got here. They only have 2 upward rides and 2 downward rides per hour!!!

After 30mins wait, I am on my way up…

Observation tower

Actually, taking a hike up might be better, as the scenery is simply breath-taking. Compared to the observation tower, I like the surrounding scenery more.

Assortment of trees and shrubs

From the observation deck, you see the mountain in the distant, over the crown of the cherry trees.

That’s the roundabout, where the festival takes place.

And the sea quite far away…

April 2014

February 26, 2014 / jimmyjustaguy

China – Shan Dong – Tai Shan

During my stay in China (2years ago, hence this post is 2years late… :D), I visited Tai Shan, the grandest of the 5 sacred mountains in China. If you are interested, the 5 sacred mountains refer to Tai Shan in Shan Dong, Hua Shan in Shan Xi, Song Shan in He Nan, Heng Shan in Shan Xi, and Heng Shan in Hu Nan. In English, some places and mountain sounds the same, hence I refer you to the Chinese test: 山东的泰山, 陕西的华山, 河南的嵩山, 山西的恒山, 湖南的衡山. Tai Shan is also classified as  UNESCO heritage site. This mountain places an important cultural role in Chinese history, being the site of worship for numerous emperors.

I departed from Beijing South Station (rapid rail) and took the train to Tai An station. Note that this station is not the Tai Shan station, which is for the slow train. There are various ways from the train station to Taishan. For some, they prefer to take a taxi all the way to the red gate. For some, they choose to take the bus (#37) and alight at Pu Zhao Temple. For my friends and I, we decided to take a cab to Dai Miao (Dai Temple), and from here, we just follow the road all the way up. There are restaurants along the side that serve quite nice and cheap food. Be warned, it is quite a hike up to Hong Men (the beginning of the Tai Shan trail) from Dai Miao. But I think Dai Miao is not to be missed.

There are 4 entrances into Tai Shan – Hong Men (红门), Tian Wai Chun (天外村), Tao Hua Gu (桃花峪) and Tian Zhu Feng (天烛峰). Tian Wai Chun and Tao Hua Gu has bus services that bring you up to mid mountain where you transfer to the cable car to reach the peak.

After about 3hrs of grueling climb, I arrived at the peak of Tai Shan at around 4pm, and started looking for lodging for the night. Depending on the cleanliness and size of the room, prices range widely. Whether prices increase as night approaches or not is a point of contention between my friends and I. After scouting around, my group of 4 finally settled in a nice room on the 2nd storey with an attached restroom with hot water for 800yuan. This is after much bargaining and mind games. For the budget conscious, you can just bring a sleeping bag and sleep along the roads, the stairs, the grass or wherever you want. Be warned that temperature can drop really low at night, be adequately dressed. 

The point of staying overnight is so to catch the gorgeous sunrise the next day, which occur around 5am. Our guesthouse operator actually provides such guided tour services, and they have helpers to secure good vantage points. I think separate guesthouses, have separate viewing points. As these viewing points are usually assessed by a single narrow road, the helpers position themselves at the choke point and ask people which guesthouse they are from. From what I observed, local Chinese generally sleep in their sleeping bags right at the road outside of guesthouses. When guests are ushered to the viewing points, they quickly pack up their stuff and joined in the ‘tours’. This way, they get assess to the vantage point without too much problem.

Below I will let the photos tell their story.

Tai An Station (Rapid Rail)

Starting point for the ascend of Tai Shan. This plaque is located at the entrance of Dai Miao (Dai Temple).

Entrance to Dai Miao

Dai Miao (Dai Temple) map

Tang Pagoda embracing her child. The Tang Pagoda is a much loved tree of the Han Dynasty and is the subject of numerous poems. This Tang Pagoda died in 1951, and a Tang Pagoda seedling was planted in its empty trunk, thus forming this scene.

The cypress.

I really liked the twisting pattern on the bark of the cypress.

An inscription saying that Tai Shan reign supreme over the five sacred mountains. Amazing how 4 Chinese characters can convey so much meaning.

There are numerous such inscriptions around Dai Miao. This one reads “The number one mountain”.

Guard house and wall surrounding Dai Miao

Towards the back of Dai Miao is a small botany with a pond.

Exiting the back gate of Dai Miao, I arrived at this street. On both sides are shops selling all sorts of food, including a french bakery selling bread. I bought enough bread for dinner and breakfast for the next day, as food up in Tai Shan is sparse and insanely expensive. Following the road all the way will lead you to Tai Shan.

Following the road towards Hong Men (Red Gate).

Yi Tian Men (一天门). You will see this gate before Hong Men (Red Gate).

Hong Men (Red Gate). This is the beginning of the Hong Men route up Taishan. However, note that tickets are not sold here. Also unfortunately it started to drizzle… :(

Map modified from http://d.lvren.cn/gonglue/taishan/#s_540722 to show the location of Red Gate and Puzhao Temple (where you alight if you take bus #37). The ascent is basically a straight line.

How to say a rock in complicated terms: “This is an outcrop of a basic vein, formed by the basic magma intrusion in the deep crust. The rock is allgovite, composed of plagioclase and pyroxene. It shows blackish green on the fresh surface and lightly brown on the weathered surface. The age of this rock is 176 million years old.” — Copied from the signboard next to it.

There are numerous such tablets along the path up.

Wan Xian Lou (thousand deities tower, 万仙楼). This is where the tickets are sold. Because of the rain, many people decided to temporarily halt their ascend, thus shortening the queue, and the way up the mountain is also less crowded. I guess I must thank the rain. It also made it more cool, thus more conducive for a strenuous climb.

More gates along the way… after awhile, I stopped taking photos of them. Its drizzling, so my friends and I had these ‘rain coats’ on… but it got suffocatingly hot after awhile, and we decided to just walk in the drizzle. The road can be slippery though, so beware.

Stone inscriptions at the side of the path

Sleeping Dragon Pagoda Tree. This tree is still alive though, it was once struck by lightning, hence its horizontal position.

There are numerous fake inscription of Tian Jie along the way. Don’t be fooled, continue you climb…

Path can be quite deserted, especially with the drizzle

A tree that collapse long time ago, and has now become a subject of worship. Notice the red ribbons tied on the tree.

The climb…

Lush greenery

A small waterfall along the way up

Somewhere along the path, it starts to get misty…

Zhong Tian Men (中天门). This is the gate everyone looks forward to. The cable car is situated at this level. Many tired climbers switch to the cable car from here. I say onwards!!!

The cable car.

Mountains and valleys

I like this shot of the cherry blossom set against the setting sun

Shops along Tian Jie (Heavenly Street). Note the white blossoms and the mist. Its magical.

I was lucky to catch the famous Tai Shan Cherry blossoms during this climb. Note, you can only find these Cherry blossoms at the summit!!!

More cherry blossoms. Heaven on earth. 人间天堂

Shops and guesthouses along Heaven Street (Tian Jie, 天街)

A Cave

More views from the peak.

Cherry blossoms and rock formations

View from the top

This is a shot taken outside the Confucius Temple at the summit. Out of respect I did not take photos of the temple and Taoist monk practicing martial arts there.

NICE!!!! Just before the sun comes up

Awe-inspiring sunrise… sat here watching the entire spectacle for almost an hour…

The peak is abuzz with people watching the sunrise. Another reason is to visit the temple at the summit, and the first incense right after sunrise (though how you define sunrise is subject to debate) is believed to bring good luck. The temple is so flooded with people that I decided to just say my prayers outside, afterall if there are beings up there, this is probably as close as I can get to them.

Beautiful things aside, beware… on a bright sunny morning the trail is packed full of people. Shot taken on my way down. Contrast it with the empty paths on a drizzling afternoon.

May 2012

December 20, 2013 / jimmyjustaguy

Taiwan – Taichung – Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) is a small ‘village’ comprising of about 3-4 small houses. These were houses given to war veterans in gratitude of their service. Grandpa Huang, was one such veteran. During his free time, he would use the pension given by the government to buy paint, and draw graffiti on the walls. Initially, no one took notice of these colorful graffiti, until undergraduates from the nearby Lingtung university stumbled upon the village and started taking photos of it, thus the birth of the Rainbow Village. It was initially slated for demolition. Petition by the people led to its temporary preservation. However, all around the ‘village’ demolition and construction work can be seen ongoing, such that from the main roads, this place can’t be easily seen. Sadly, as told by my taxi driver, despite calls for preservation, the village will soon be pulled-down. While visiting, do keep your volume down, as other grandpas and grandmas living in the vicinity are not really hospitable to tourists.

The easiest way to get to Rainbow Village is by taxi, as public transport in Taichung is still generally lacking. It is a small compound, and can comfortably be covered within 15-30mins. Do support Grandpa Huang, by buying some of his souvenirs. It really don’t cost a lot.

Surrounding demolition and construction is easily evident

Cat?

Pig?

Grandpa Huang selling hand-made souvenirs. BUY SOMETHING!!

Left most: Andy Lau… I think he will be appalled..

more ‘actresses’ and ‘actors’

Hear no evil?

Hi bunnyyyyy

A glance will bring you wealth… I hope

Seashell ornaments

Playground outside the village. Reminiscent of childhood.

May 2013

 Getting to Taichung
December 19, 2013 / jimmyjustaguy

China – Guangdong – Jieyang

Went on a weekend trip to Jieyang (揭阳) to visit some relatives with my parents. Jieyang is a small prefecture city in Guangdong province. Although the predominant spoken language is teochew, apart from the really old, most people understands and speak Chinese as well. Like most Chinese cities, it is rapidly developing from farming and agriculture into medium and light industries. This industrialization brings much wealth to the people, as evident by the numerous plots of land, factories, and high rise condominiums owned by my cousins. According to my relatives, electricity had only been introduced to their house 40years ago. Gone were the days where they had to write to us, asking for donations of clothes or money. Now, on comparison, they seem better off than us…

My journey begain with a jetstar plane out from Singapore Changi airport to Jieyang Chaoshan airport. The flight journey is about 3.5hrs, and cost about SGD$200 one way inclusive of taxes. With a budget airline, you can’t expect the seats to be comfortable. However, given the relative emptiness of the plane, one can take up an entire row of 3 seats and sleep horizontally comfortably :D. However, given that this flight is flying into and out of China, and am appalled by the cabin crew’s command of Chinese. 

Upon arrival at Jieyang Chaoshan airport, I was overwhelmed by my relatives that came to pick us up. Feels as if we were mobbed – all our luggages were taken from us, and we were ‘escorted’ to their cars. Jieyang Chaoshan airport is a small international and domestic airport, with only a handful of shops selling souvenirs and food. Like most airports in China, there is an airport express bus service, ferrying passengers to and from various locations in downtown and rural Jieyang, at a fraction of the cost of a cab. There is a bus that stops directly in front of the hotel I am staying at, and cost only RMB$24.

Airport express bus counter at Jieyang Chaoshan airport to town

Airport express bus schedules. The fourth row’s bus goes to Hefeng International Business Hotel.

So, my relatives ‘escorted’ us to the hotel I pre-booked, Hefeng international business hotel (和丰国际商务酒店). It is a relatively new hotel, just opened in 2011, and has a ‘five-star’ rating. The most famous hotel in Jieyang is Rongjiang Hotel, and on retrospect, I should have booked that, as it oversees the Rong River and supposedly has better view. However, it was also the oldest ‘five-star’ hotel in Jieyang, first opened in 2005. And according to some comments online, the rooms were musky and service wasn’t great. Hefeng on the other hand, was situated next to a shopping mall, Guangbai Departmental Stall. Service at Hefeng was good, and rooms were really clean and spacious, with very comfortable beds and pillows. There is a free wifi spot in every room, which means you get a strong dedicated signal. Speed was good enough to watch HD movie streaming off China websites. Towels, coffee, tea and mineral water were replaced everyday, together with a meal voucher for breakfast. Don’t be too excited about the breakfast though. Selection was mediocre, and generally quite salty. I only ate it for the first day, and skipped it thereafter. Nonetheless, what do you expect from a RMB$10 breakfast? Hotel rooms were RMB$258 per night, and we stayed for 3 nights.

Hotel lobby

Twin single beds. Relatively spacious room. Clean and tidy. No weird odors.

The toilet.

Public transportation around Jieyang is under-developed. There is no subway, and public buses are almost non-existent. Students walk or cycle to school, while adults ride their motorized vehicles to work. It was afterall a small farming town some 10 years ago. However, urbanization was rapid and much of the rural farmlands I saw 5 years ago, were already converted to 6-9 stories high factories/houses.

My first dinner in Jieyang was at a upscale restaurant called Dong Fang Yu Chun (东成渔村). Food was fantastic, and I ranked it as the number one restaurant I have tried in Jieyang. Though it is pricey in terms of Jieyang’s cost of living. For RMB$800 the group of 7 of us were ushered to a private room with a attached bathroom and pantry, and a couch where a tea set was placed for tea drinking. We were served about 10 dishes of fish, squid, oyster omelette, stewed duck, stewed cabbages, some cakes… Service was excellent. We had a dedicated waitress attending to our every needs, and frequently changing our plates, and our hot towels.

Dong Chen Yu Chun restaurant.

Chef preparing food

Restaurant lobby. Yup. It has a lobby!!! It is 4 stories high.

They gave us a private room! Look how spacious it is. At the back there are sofas for tea drinking.

Collage of the fantastic food

Other places we had our meals were not that wonderful, but sufficiently good in quality. One of the most expensive one must be the restaurant in Zhong Tian Wen Hua Hotel (中天文化酒店). Food was elaborately presented with lots of garnishes, and decorative carving. However, to my disappointment, it didn’t taste as good as it looked, and service was really bad. No one came to change our plates or refill our tea.

On this trip, I realized my relatives were quite well-to-do people in Jieyang, each owning a piece of land, and staying in 6-9 stories houses, they built for themselves, I also realized that buying an apartment in Jieyang, cost more, at least 2-3 times more, than building your own 9 stories house! My cousin attributed this to the location of his apartment, which faced the Rong river, a much coveted view. Then it struck me that my flat in Singapore cost as much as buying a piece of 150sqm land and building a 9 stories house on it, with private lift and interior furnishing. And to my astonishment, this cousin is in the business of printing money – paper money. He even joked that the money he prints is universal across all countries and banks.

Old architecture, preserved since pre-communist era. It used to be surrounded by farmland.

And I thought I will only see this on tv. A typical Chinese quandrangle, or Siheyuan (四合院).

Benches and ancestor altar.

Elaborate wooden beam sculpture.

Intricate wooden carving on door.

Old houses

Walkway between the old houses

Doors of these old houses.

Stacks of paper money in one of my cousin’s factory

Printing money

On our sightseeing days, we visited a couple temples, and the West Lake of Jieyang. All these scenic spots paled in comparison to those offered by other Chinese cities, like Hangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao… 

Temple next to the Rong river tributary.

Temple altar

Furnace

Some other temple… there are so many temples.

Carvings on temple wall

Chicken resting under a table tennis table.

Wall outside Confucius temple

Back of the previous wall

Confucius and his disciples.

Front yard of the Confucius temple. The lake is round, and symbolizes the continuity of all things.

The main temple complex

Exhibit of Confucius and his teachings were on displays in the numerous wings of the compound.

Next I went to the nearby Dual-peak temple (双峰寺). This is a Buddhist temple.

Goddess of mercy.

Hall of scriptures.

More temples. This is the most famous temple in Jieyang. Chen Huang Miao. This is a taoist temple. Legend has it that a river spirit used to live in the Rong River and saved people from drowning. In view of the good deeds this river spirit performed, the Gods decided to make it a deity. And this is the temple where the river spirit became a deity.

Drum tower

Nontheless, Jieyang is a city full of history. Given a few more years, it will no doubt catchup in development with the more developed cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Afterall, it already has an international airport.

Dec 2013

December 11, 2013 / jimmyjustaguy

Singapore – Singapore Zoo – River Safari

I decided to visit the River Safari – opened in early 2013, it is the latest addition to the Singapore zoo. It houses a pair of panda, Jiajia and Kaikai, as well as several other exhibits. Also, the amazon river quest was opened just days ago on the 7th of Dec 2013.

There are various ways to get to the zoo. Information can easily be obtained from their website. Hence I will just introduce the most convenient way for me and generally for most people. Take the mass rapid transit (MRT) or subway to Ang Mo Kio station (NS16 along the north-east line). From there proceed to the bus interchange at take bus 138 at berth B1. It will bring you straight to the zoo. Journey time is approximately 30-45mins depending on traffic conditions.

Once in the zoo, you can get tickets at the ticket booth. Currently, the discounted ticket price for the River Safari is S$25 (adult). The ticketing booth also sells tickets to the Singapore Zoo, as well as for the Night Safari. So be sure to buy the right ticket. If you want to visit more than one place, within a 30 days period, you should buy the park hopper ticket, which comes with even more discount.

The River Safari is not a big place, and can be rushed within 30mins. I would really advise anyone to not do that, and set aside at least 1.5-2hrs to go through the exhibits. It is really a very nice place, not only in the details of the exhibits but also the general scenery.

River Safari is set amidst the backdrop of a reservoir.

Very colorful mandarin ducks

An alligator snapping turtle

A puffer fish. I just can’t get rid of the reflection no matter where I try to stand…

Nature shots

Toco Toucan

This squirrel monkey attempted to snatch my bread…

In my opinion, I think this is also the best panda exhibit in the world. The environment is temperature controlled to around 20+ degrees Celsius, and there are no glass panels separating the pandas from the viewers. The panda enclosure is also clean with no weird odor. But before I showcase the panda photos and videos, I should give due respect to the “ORH SO CUTE” red panda first!!!

Red panda. SO CUTE!!!

Red panda sticking its tongue out. AHHHHHH… CUTE!!!!

hmm.. should I jump or not…

The Giant Panda

Best panda exhibit in the world. No glass panels!!! Do you like my finger?

Blissful

Produced: Jimmy (jimmyview.wordpress.com)
Soundtrack: The Secret Waterfall
Software: Windows movie maker

Another part of the River Safari I really liked, if not more than the panda enclosure is the Amazon Flooded Forest aquarium. The first time you set eyes on the exhibit, I guarantee you to be wowed. It is the largest freshwater aquarium in the world, and houses some of the largest manatees I have seen. I spent at least 30 mins sitting there looking at these magnificent creatures idly swimming about.

The amazon flooded forest

Manatees

Produced: Jimmy (jimmyview.wordpress.com)
Soundtrack: Kitaro – Aria Di West Lake
Software: Windows movie maker

Check out this link for more info about River Safari from BackpackerLee :D

Dec 2013

July 15, 2013 / jimmyjustaguy

Taiwan – Taipei – Yingyang Sea and Golden Waterfall

Some distance away from Yehliu Geopark towards Ruifang, are the sceneries of Yingyang Sea and Golden Waterfall located at Jin Gua Shi (Jinguashih) mining town.

Yingyang Sea (阴阳海) is a natural phenomenon formed from the running of yellowish iron-rich river runoff into the sea. As the river water and sea water don’t mix that fast, it creates the pattern of the ying-yang. It is best seen after heavy rainfall, where there is ample river volume. Though there is a small drizzle on this day, the river volume is moderate, hence the phenomenon is not as spectacular. Nonetheless, the half-crescent of the yingyang can still be seen.

Along the river, is an abandoned iron mine. The best vantage point to view the Yingyang Sea, is right atop a 13 stories high abandoned mining dormitory. The place felt to be still trapped in the 1930s. Apart form the dorm, there are numerous mining-cart tunnels running down the mountain side, resembling a black giant snake.

Standing atop the roof of the dorm, with the Ying Yang Sea in front, the Gorilla Mountain stands on the left. It is so called, because it resembles a giant gorilla.

The best vantage point to view Ying Yang Sea is up atop that abandoned building

Yingyang Sea. The yellow runoff can vaguely be seen to make out a crescent.

Gorilla mountain.

Along the mountain, tubes can be seen running down. These used to be mining tunnels, transporting iron ore from the mine down.

Upstream from Yingyang Sea, is the Golden waterfall. Again, it is so called due to the high iron content, making the rocks shine a bright yellowish brown. Travelling further into Ruifang, you might come across a museum showcasing the history of Jin Gua Shi mining town, and within they sell bottles of sand which boast a grain of gold. Our driver hinted that this could be a gimmick, and advised us to give it a miss., which we did. 

Next up, we went to Jiufen for lunch, and then to the Shifen Waterfall, both of which I visited previously.

Golden waterfall

Rock is colored a bright yellowish brown by iron deposits.

May 2013

Yehliu Geopark Shifen Waterfalls 
June 23, 2013 / jimmyjustaguy

Taiwan – Taipei – Yehliu

This time round in Taipei, I engaged a driver, Mr. Johnson for a day tour for my friends and I. First off, he is a nice driver, always keeping within the speed limits. He drives a MPV, capable of seating 10 people comfortably, hence its extremely spacious for the 7 of us. It’s a new car, which means it’s clean, no wierd smell, good suspension, comfortable seats and good air-conditioning. His rate for a day trip lasting 10hrs is NT$6000. We overshot by 30mins, but he is good, with no additional charges. Along the way, he gave brief introductions of the places we visited, which was sufficient in my opinion. He also stops occasionally along the road, when a particular scenic spot pops up.

The day itinery was: Yehliu Geopark – Yingyang Sea – Golden WaterfallJiufen Old streetsShifen Waterfall - Keelung Night Market.

I am covering Yehliu here, and others will be subsequently covered.

Yehliu Geopark is located on the north coast of Taiwan in Wanli, some 30-40mins drive away from Taipei. Admission fee is NT$100 per person. It is famous for its rock formation, of which the most notable is the Queen’s Head. These rock formation is a result of seawater eroding the soft thick layer of rock nearer to the base, while the top harder thin layer of rock is preserved, giving them the typical mushroom shape. Without any preservation, it was reported that the Queen’s Head rock formation will collapse in about 10 more years.

Along the way to Yehliu Geopark. A view of the north coast of Taiwan.

Yehliu Geopark is located in the town of Wanli.

Some cute mascots greeting tourists at the entrance.

The myraid of mushroom stones. Because of the rain, the ground is muddy and slippery, but there is less tourists. Most tourists are from mainland China, and can be really rowdy and uncouth, walking into photos, jumping queues, spitting on the ground, etc.

Will have to brush up on my photoshop skill to remove those people… but there are so many of them… is it even possible

Finally a shot with less people

Rock strata and the coast.

This area is less accessible, but the mushroom rocks are better preserved.

The famous Queen’s Head

The Queen’s Head.

Rock formation in the shape of a gorilla.

Heart shaped crevice.

May 2013

Yingyang Sea and Golden Waterfall
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