Xiaoyeliu, Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwán 

Located at the 159-kilometer mark near the southern end of the East Coast National Scenic Area, Xiaoyeliu (Little Yehliu) offers a rich variety of fascinating rock formations similar to those found at Yehliu on Taiwan’s North Shore. Unlike the rest of the Philippine Plate that determines the geology of this area, the rock of Xiaoyeliu is sandstone. This prompts geologists to believe that it originated somewhere else. You should first study the detailed explanations of the geological displays in the Visitor Center before going to the seashore and examining the tofu rock, honeycomb rock, fungus rock, and other strange ormations there. On clear days, you can easily see Green Island from the shore at Xiaoyeliu.

Situated at the main entrance to the Xiaoyeliu Scenic Area, the Xiaoyeliu Visitor Center features a geology exhibition hall with many carefully-designed models and rock samples introducing the geological features of Siaoyeliou and the Coastal Range. This is a good place to get orientated before heading out on tours of this area.

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