野柳 (Yehliu) – Taiwan 2012
Although I spent a good amount of my childhood in Taiwan, there are still many places that I’m completely unfamiliar with. It’s probably no different than asking a person if they’ve been to all fifty states in United States, but you would think in a much smaller, compact country like Taiwan, that I would’ve had experienced more of it as a kid.
To be fair, my dad took the family to all sorts of interesting, fun, and amazing tourist spots; but I had no memories of those trips, since I was barely one-year old. My mom can still produce evidence of our trips if she was given the time to dig through our closets, but reviewing old yellowing photographs doesn’t invoke any personal replay. Hence, now in my 30s, every trip home is a process of rediscovery.
野柳 (Yehliu) is a cape situated at the northern tip of Taiwan, between Taipei and Keelung. Years of wind and water erosion created unique rock formations in the area, which are often named after food and other objects they resemble. A lot of work has been done over the years to preserve the rock formations, as well as making the area safer for tourists. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but it’s definitely one of my favorite spot in Taiwan.