Solo Travel to Taiwan: Day 1 (Yehliu Geopark 野柳地质公园 > Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 國父紀念館 > Taipei 101 臺北101 / 台北101)

Yehliu Geopark (野柳地质公园)

AddressNo. 167-1, Kantung Rd, Yehliu Village, Wanli District, New Taipei City 20744 新台北万里区野柳里港东路167-1号

After putting my bag in the locker at the Taipei Main Station, I checked my itinerary on what will be my next destination.  My next destination is Yehliu Geopark located at Wanli District, New Taipei City. It is home to a number of unique geological formations and it is worth a visit even it is a bit remote especially if you are a nature lover.

How to go to Yehliu Geopark from Taipei Main Station: Go to Taipei West Bus Station – Terminal A (located at Taipei Main Station), go to the KuoKuang window and purchase a ticket for NT$96 to Yehliu Geopark. Travel time is around 90 minutes.

While waiting for the bus, I met a fellow Filipina that is working as a factory worker in New Taipei. She will visit her boyfriend in a town before Yehliu. We seated beside each other in the bus and chatted. When she alighted and I was left alone in my seat, I roamed my eyes and noticed that 70% of the passengers are tourist and majority of them are Koreans. The bus dropped me and the other tourists on the main road and told us that we need to walk to reach the geopark. As it is already 11pm, I ate my lunch at the Family Mart that I saw while walking. After 30 minutes, I continued my journey going to the geopark.

Yehliu Geopark is open daily from 8am to 5pm. Admission to the geopark is not free. Below are the ticket prices:

1.Adult ticket NTD80
2.Half-fare ticket NTD40
-Student (Taiwan only or show ISI card)
For the children aged between 6 and 12.
3.Group ticket (thirty persons upward) 20% discount
4.Courtesy entry: Disabled
Children of height under 115 cm or under age of 6.

Yehliu Geopark is a top tourist destination in Taiwan and is always full of visitors both from local and international. On my visit last February 2017, I felt that I’m in Korea because the majority of the international tourist are Koreans. Also, wear comfortable shoes because you will do a lot of walking. It is also scorching hot at the time when I visited so I suggest that you must bring an umbrella or hat in case it is hot or raining because there are no trees or shelters in the area to provide shade to you.

All the rocks formation are named based on its resemblance to a particular object or person. The famous rock formations are the Queen’s Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, Ice Cream Rock, Kissing Rock, and Princess’ Head.

There are also guards positioned in the area to stop anyone from touching or climbing the rock formations. They will yell or blow their whistle if they saw someone violating the rules.  Visitors will find information booths and some English signage around, providing information about the park. To fully explore the Yehliu Geopark allocate at least 2 to 3 hours for this visit.

For more details of Yehliu Geopark, check their website.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館)

AddressNo. 505, Section 4, Ren’ai Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

After wandering at the Yehliu Geopark, I took a bus going back to Taipei and I alighted at the Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall MRT Station. From the MRT Station, I just walked to reach the Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall. The memorial hall was constructed in 1965 during the time of President Chiang Kai-shek. The memorial hall is also surrounded by a park named Zhongshan Park derived from the popular Chinese name of Sun Yat – sen, Sun Zhongshan (孫中山).

 

Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall also has a History Exhibition Room where you can view the life, history, and accomplishments of Dr. Sun Yat – sen.

Entrance to Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall is free and it is open from 9am – 6pm daily.  There is also an Honor guard changing ceremony that happens every hour from 9am – 5pm.

How to go to Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall from Taipei Main Station: From the Taipei Main Station, take the Bannan Line (Blue Line) going to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center and alight at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station (國父紀念館), sometimes labeled as “S.Y.S. Memorial Hall”. Travel time is around 8 minutes.

For more details of Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall, check their website.

Taipei 101 臺北101 / 台北101

Address: No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan

After Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall, my next stop is the Taipei 101. It is only a 5 – 10 minutes walk from the Sun Yat – sen Memorial Hall. I purchased my discounted ticket online (PHP 842 or NTD 514.18) using Klook to avoid the long lines.

 

Admission Fees:

Adult > NT$600

Priority Pass > NT$1,200

Concession > NT$540: Children above 115cm & students

Group Ticket > NT$540: For groups of 20 or more individuals; reservation required

Reminders :

  • Free admission for children under the height of 115 cm
  • To buy tickets at discount prices, relevant documents and proof must be shown during ticket purchases or entrance.
  • For group tickets, reservations must be made by fax or online before 5 PM of the day before the visit. Group tickets will not be sold at the booth.
  • No group ticket discounts will be offered for Saturdays, Sundays, or public holidays.
  • Schoolchildren below fifth grade in elementary school must be accompanied by an adult.

Operating Hours:
Observatory – Mon-Sun, 9AM-10PM (ticket sales and entry end at 9:15PM)
Shopping Mall – Sun-Thurs, 11AM-9:30PM / Fri, Sat, Day before holiday, 11AM-10PM

How to go to Taipei 101 from Taipei Main Station: Take the Tamsui – Xinyi Line (Red line) toward Xiangshan Station and alight at Taipei 101/ World Trade Centre Station. Walk to Exit 4.

For more details of Taipei 101, check their website.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your trip to Taiwan! 🙂