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“Taiwan-shaped rock” wows visitors at Yehliu Geopark 野柳公園 「台灣島」浮現


A sandstone rock formation in the shape of Taiwan has been spotted at Yehliu Geopark in Taipei County’s Wanli Township. Although the rock is visible from a nearby pathway, the park authorities have refrained from promoting it in case an influx of visitors damages the rock. At the moment only park guides are aware of it.

The rock formation can be found beside a pathway in Yehliu Geopark’s second scenic area. A spokesman for Neo-Space International Inc, the company that runs Yehliu Geopark, said that the rock is about 390cm long and 121cm wide. The part that resembles southern Taiwan is 21cm at its thinnest, with the highest point standing at 47cm.

Neo-Space International Vice President Tang Ching-huei said that they stumbled upon the rock formation a while ago. After discussing the matter, the administration agreed that they would not promote their new discovery because it would be difficult to manage the influx of visitors. After talking it over with academics and officials from the Tourism Bureau, they decided not to advertise it, in order to keep it intact as long as possible.

Tang said that the Taiwan-shaped rock has an “east coast” pitted with little holes, making it look like the Central Mountain Range. There’s also a protruding central section and a slight slope that leads to the sea. And it’s not just academics who have been amazed by the rock — park visitors have also been struck by the resemblance to Taiwan. When visitors spot the rock, the park guides simply say: “That’s right! It’s Taiwan. It’s new.” Although park guides encourage visitors to take a look at the rock, they run the risk of being fined if they touch it.








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