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Introduction to Formosa Ilha (Beautiful Island)

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Yeliou is on the north-east coast of Taiwan. It is a small peninsula where the erosion of wind and water carved rock formations to create an extraordinary landscape. Among this natural art gallery, the masterpiece is "The Queen's Head", but we can also find an elephant, a shoe ( "Fairy's Shoe"), the Earth (or the Moon or any other round thing...) and even some breast looking rocks (officially "Sea Candles")!

So it's by a stunning sunny day that I went there with my friend and his girlfriend. It took about 1h45 to get there by car from Taoyuan (where we were living and working), but this day-trip was absolutely worth the road. A sharp blue sea 270° around under an almost cloud free sky, with Datun Mountain whatching our back was the background of this
geologically curious place. A few hours wandering around and burning under the sun was all it took to forget all about the crazy time at work and to give me my first real teaser of what Taiwan has to offer when you take time to visit.

We finished the day in a nice
Japanese BBQ restaurant back home before I went to bed, head and skin still burning with memories of my first glimpse of Taiwan countryside.


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Yeliou (Sept 2007)

Yeliou, Taiwan