Friday, October 2, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Taitung 台东 - Taitung Little Yeliu / Xiaoyeliu 台东小野柳

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No. 500, Section 1, Songjiang Rd, Taitung City, Taitung Country 950, Taiwan (R.O.C) 台东县台东市松江路一段500号

Good morning! We started the sixth day of our 11D10N Taiwan trip early in Taitung 台东 this morning. After a hearty breakfast, we checked out Midori B&B 米多丽精致民宿 and set off for our first destination of the day - Taitung Little Yeliu 台东小野柳.

Taitung Little Yeliu 台东小野柳

Little Yeliu 小野柳 (or Xiaoyeliu) is a small coastline park located just outside of Taitung City. Well-known for its fascinating rock formations, its name is derived from its striking resemblance to Yehliu Geopark 野柳地址公园 situated at the northern coast of Taiwan. 

Xiaoyeliu is a mini version of Yehliu Geopark 野柳地质公园. Despite being smaller in size, Xiaoyeliu is still regarded as one of the natural wonder in Taiwan.

Admission Fee

Admission to the attraction is free, but you will be required to pay for car parking. Daily parking fees are as per below.

Types Of Vehicle
Large Vehicle
TWD 170
TWD 200
Small Vehicle
TWD 50
TWD 60
TWD 15
TWD 20

Located at the main entrance to the Xiaoyeliu scenic area, you will find the Xiaoyeliu Visitor Center. The visitor center contains an exhibition hall with display of the natural and geological features of the area. This was a good place to start your visit before heading off to Xiaoyeliu Scenic Area. 

Apart from that, Xiaoyeliu is known to have one of the best campground and facilitates in Taiwan. Some of the facilities on the site include camping sets, each attached with a BBQ stand, picnic tables and chairs, water facilities, toilet and shower rooms.

Visitors who wish to camp are required to pay camping fee upon occupying a camp site. The camping fee per night is TWD 800 on weekdays and TWD 1,000 on weekends, which includes parking space, campsite, hotbath and BBQ facility.

The visitor center is open year-round from 9 am to 5 pm. For those who are interested, please book and make your payment at the visitor center before 5 pm. You are required to check out latest at 10 am the following day.

There are plenty of shops around the visitor center selling a variety of beach wear, accessories, food, drinks and usual tourist souvenirs. 

While we were browsing through the shop, a Taiwanese shop owner came up and asked us whether we would like to try his handmade Custard Apple Ice Pop. Custard Apple (or Sugar Apple or Sek-kia) is also known as Buddha-head fruit due to its resemblance to Buddha's head. Taitung is home to the fruit, with the largest cultivation and production area in Taiwan. 

Since it was cheap, we bought two of it to try, but unfortunately, the taste was not to our liking. 

Other than that, we did not buy anything from the shops since nothing really caught our eyes.

Even so, we were happy to enjoy a brief chat with the owner before heading further into the park.

Further in, we walked down a wooden boardwalk among the trees leading to the beautiful and rocky coastline.

Despite being one of the major tourist attraction in Taitung, Xiaoyeliu actually receive much fewer visitors than Yeliu Geopark does in a day.  It was not crowded the day we visited, which was a very good thing because I never really like crowded places.

We descended a few stoned steps at the end of the boardwalk to the beautifully ragged coastline. However, the area around the coastline is unfortunately, not accessible by wheelchair or baby stroller. Thus, Xiaoyeliu is not suitable for young children or people with walking disabilities.

The unique landscape of Xiaoyeliu is a result of inverted sandstone and mudstone layers. After a geographical structure change, the gigantic sandstone shale became upside down and covered with coral reef. Due to powerful waves and years of sea erosion, this spectacular landscape is formed.

We walked down a large piece of rock,  leading to the rugged and treacherous coast, with spectacular rock formations.

The rocks are sharp, uneven and often very slippery to walk on.  Slipping and falling on the rocks would cause one to suffer from serious injuries. So, make sure you be extra mindful when you make your way across the rocks. Do not attempt to jump across rock from rock if there is a chance you could lose your balance.

Young children and people with mobility problems will find it extremely challenging and almost impossible to walk on the rocks. Even I have difficulties making my way across the treacherous landscape.

Thus, it will be best to equipped yourself with a good pair of walking shoes. I believe you certainly would not want to walk your way across with a pair of slippers, sandals or even heels.

The picturesque natural landscape offers plenty opportunities for breathtaking photography. 

We spent 30 minutes walking around, taking photographs and admiring the beauty of the unique landscape.

 I took a deep breathe of the fresh ocean air and felt myself relax. As I stared at the roaring ocean and listened to the waves crashing against the rocky coast, my heart felt incredibly peaceful. This was a great place to unwind and enjoy undisturbed peace and quiet in a beautiful surroundings.

It was such a free feeling, with the strong and cooling ocean breeze blowing our hair in every direction.

On clear days, you might be able to catch a glimpse the Green Island 绿岛 - a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean about 33km off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Surrounded by coral reefs, the Green Island is a popular snorkeling and diving site in Taiwan.

Unfortunately, it was a little cloudy the day we visited. So we did not managed to see the Green Island at all.

An unspoiled beauty filled with peace and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. This is where we get to enjoy the sound of crashing waves against the rocky coastline while allowing the warm ocean breeze blows through our hair. Xiaoyeliu is truly a spectacular sight to behold with absolutely stunning coastline and amazing rock formations.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

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