Trip to Taiwan – Part 3
Chuifen is a small village on the northeast of Taiwan, next to a mountain and facing the sea. It used to be a center of gold mining when gold was found near the hills in 1890.
With the decline of gold mining activities, Chiufen faded. Later, several movies chose to shoot here and the movies won international acclaim. For example, the film the Sad City has won first prize in Venice Film Festival so Chiufen gained some fame and become a tourist attraction.
There are many unique teahouses in Chiufen, below is a picture of the oldest one (no pictures allowed inside).
Today, Chiufen features an old street that is full of local snack vendors and special accessory stores. Various foods such as “Yu Yuan” (taro balls), fried meat balls, steamed taro cakes and herbal rice cakes are the Chiufen’s specialties.
Nanya is noted for its fantastic rock formations and sea-eroded coral shore.
The patterned stone topography of Nanya, unique in Taiwan, was formed through the weathering of the sandstone that lines the shore.
Yehliu is a cape on the north coast of Taiwan in the town of Wanli between Taipei and Keelung.
The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain out of the sea.
A distinctive feature of the cape is the hoodoo stones that dot its surface found at the Yehliu Geopark.
A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the Queen’s Head, an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli.
Yehliu is full of seawater-eroded holds as well as numerous rocks in the shape of mushrooms, candle, ginger and chessboard.
Chung Cheng Park is situated on the side of Ta Sha Wan Shan, which is at the east of Keelung City.
The 25 meter high white statue of Goddess of Mercy is the landmark of Chung Cheng Park. It is the biggest Goddess statue in Southeast Asia.
A Buddhist library and the Chung Lieh Temple can be found inside the park area.
The park overlooks Keelung City and the harbor.
Finally, as we were visiting during the Christmas holidays, there were lots of Christmas trees to be found, below are several from our hotel and Taipei 101.