Taiwan North Coast Tour to Yehliu, Keelung & Miaokou Night Market! (Day 4 – pt 2)

After a morning spent exploring Shimen Wedding Plaza, Shimen Arch and Jinshan Old Street, the next destination was Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園) – my only must-go destination among the stops covered by Taipei North Coast Tour.

Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark
Large park with narrow and designated walkways

Taipei North Coast Tour > Yehliu Geopark

By the time the bus arrived at Jinshan Old Street – 45 minutes late, it was already 2.15pm. I didn’t reach Yehliu until 3pm as the bus was caught in a heavy traffic jam somewhere near Yehliu Geopark. In fact, I’d to alight way before the stop and walk to Yehliu so as to escape from the horrible jam.

It was a mad rush for time. To make it for the last shuttle bus travelling towards Danshui, I had to complete my tour by 4pm and this left me with less than an hour to explore the park (need to reach bus stop earlier than 4pm to avoid missing the shuttle).

TIP: If you like a hassle-free trip, this extremely Popular Day Tour covers Yehliu Geopark and other top attractions in the Northeast Coast of Taiwan.

After getting the admission ticket (NT80), I dashed for the visitor centre and deposited my bags of snacks (bought in Jinshan) in the locker (NT10).

TIP: You can skip the ticketing queue by getting your Yehliu Admission Ticket online.

OMG! Yehliu was so God Darn Crowded 

Having high expectations of Yehliu Geopark, I was utterly disappointed with the massive crowds there and the narrow walkways. What could make the experience worse? Having less than an hour to navigate through and explore the park.

Yehliu Geopark
Snaking queue via narrow walkway

The park wasn’t small. There were various path, all jam-packed with people. Imagine I couldn’t walk fast even if I’d wanted to. So the entire experience was one of anxiousness, frustration and worries (of missing the bus).

Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark

And what’s my favorite phrase on that day? “Excuse Me” “Excuse Me”

Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark
Take photo of Geo formations or people?
Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark

I didn’t have time to take in the names of the different geographical formations. It was sadly one of trying to comb through the area than experiencing it.

TIP: As a solo traveller, I’d purposely chosen to travel to natural parks during peak hours because I wanted to be safe. On hindsight, Yehliu Geopark should be visited during lull hours (probably earlier in the day), because it was simply too crowded.

I’m not sure if the super-crowd condition was due to my period of travel which coincided with China’s Golden Week holiday or that the crowd was a norm everyday.

With such a crowd, it was difficult to take a selfie without having someone in the background. I remember I had to squat down and hide in front of a stone formation and take close-up shots.

Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu 101: How to take a photo without anyone in the background?
Yehliu Geopark
Squatting down trying to get a selfie that has only me in the photo

And yet I didn’t succeed in having a single selfie all by myself. 

Yehliu Geopark
My last resort

In the end, I had to resort to taking my shadow. At least, there wasn’t any photo bomb. LOL. Oh…I just realised there were other people’s shadows too. :/

Don’t worry. If you continue to walk further, you will abandon the crowds to somewhere with view of sea and some greenery. 

Yehliu Geopark
Hike further and you get some peace! 

However, I didn’t find the hike enjoyable. The heat and sun’s glare was unbearable. Or perhaps, I was in too much of a rush to enjoy it.

 


How to get from Yehliu to Keelung

I remember feeling really confused about where to board the bus to Keelung. It wasn’t exactly clear to me where I should wait.  

Although I had checked with the visitor centre several times, I felt that the instruction didn’t help. As the visitor centre was situated too far from the bus stops, the staff had to verbalise the location of the bus stop. And their map was over simplified. By the way, if you think the bus stops were prominent, you are wrong. The bus stop could just be an open and unsheltered area with a small signpost. 

Standing next to a post with a tag saying it would go to Keelung, I waited 40 minutes before the bus came. Can you imagine how I’d felt while waiting?

“Is this the right stop? It’s getting dark. Will I get stranded? How do I go back?” 

How to Travel from Yehliu Geopark to Keelung?

Take bus T99 from Yehliu Geopark. Journey Time to Keelung is 1 hour 15 minutes.

Keelung
Keelung
Keelung
Keelung Maritime Plaza

 


Miaokou Night Market

After arriving at Keelung at 6.15pm, it took 10 minutes of walk to reach Miaokou Night Market.

Miaokou Night Market
Miaokou Night Market

Miaokou was the busiest night market I’ve ever been to. Imagine sardine pack just like one would be in an MRT during morning peak hours. Everyone was queuing – shoulder to shoulder, arm to arm – in order to move through the market. Even after buying something, it was another challenge finding a place to stand and eat.

Miaokou Night Market
Miaokou Night Market – Super Super crowded!

TIP: Avoid travelling to Taipei during China’s Golden Holiday

There were so many food options, I was spoilt for choice. Unfortunately, I ordered a squid (NT50) which was so tough it was obviously under-cooked. I had no choice but to throw half of it away.

Miaokou Night Market
Poorly-prepared squid
Miaokou Night Market
I had the one on extreme left within the right tray.

The assorted fried seafood comprising prawns, squid and tiny crabs (NT100) were savoury and worth a try. It was a huge portion and served piping hot.  

Miaokou Night Market
Assorted fried seafood
Miaokou Night Market
You can choose the type of assortment you like

I also bought some pastry with taro (yam) and potato cheese filling for just NT35. If you want something for next-day breakfast, this is an ideal item to pack. It still tasted good the next morning. 

Miaokou Night Market
Pastry
Miaokou Night Market
Mango Ice Blended

How I wish I had 5 stomachs! 

As a solo-traveller, this was the setback of visiting Night Markets in Taiwan. You can’t savour a good variety of food without feeling stuffed too soon. Perhaps, one way to sample more food is to pack away suitable ones for next-day breakfast. 

Miaokou Night Market
Miaokou Night Market

How to Go from Keelung to Taipei?

It was easy finding my way back to Taipei. The train station wasn’t difficult to find using google map, and the train was clean and comfortable.

Keelung Station
Keelung Station

21,000 steps walked today.  That’s 16km of walk today. Sounds familiar? Stay tuned to Day 5 of my Taiwan Travel.

Essential Info:

  • Accommodation:  Neosoho near Taipei Main Station
  • Travel Period:  October 2015
  • Itinerary for the Day:  Shimen Wedding Plaza >> Shimen Arch >> Jinshan Old Street >> Yehliu Geopark >> Keelung >> Miaokou Night Market
  • Mode of Transport:  Metro, Bus
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2 thoughts on “Taiwan North Coast Tour to Yehliu, Keelung & Miaokou Night Market! (Day 4 – pt 2)”

  1. Did u not visit Taipei 101? and can u list down places for me to visit in 4 days. I am confused I’m shortlisting it :( pls help.

    1. Hi Rahila, yes I did visit Taipei 101 on Day 6, though I didn’t pay to go up. Not the kind of thing I like to do as a traveller, but it may suit others. Everyone’s interest is different. Do you like indoor or outdoor activities? With 4-day, you may consider destinations accessible by mrt train such as Taipei 101, Xiangshan, Wufen Pu (plus Raohe Night Market), Maokong, Shilin Night market, Chiang kai Shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum etc. if you want to travel further, how about Jiufen and Jinguashi?

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