Returning to our morning routine of diving into the ocean we went to the Geo Park of Yehliu. With the blistering sun burning down on us, we made our way through weirdly, though magnificent, shaped rocks. It was wonderful; it was Mother Nature at its best! After cooling down in the 7/11, we headed with the van to Tea Pot Mountain by riding along the shore. On our way we had to pass through the city Keelung, where the traffic was worse then in Taipei. It took us quite some time to find a place to park, but it was worth it, as the lunch was delicious. An additional powernap gave us enough energy to hit the road again.
We made a pit stop at a beautiful waterfall we stumbled upon, called the Golden Falls. It was not the height of the waterfall, but the width that was amazing, as if there were 10 small waterfalls at the same location. The golden color of the rocks was in beautiful contrast with the green color of the surrounding jungle. We hiked near the gold museum, where we had to walk up a lot of stairs to get to our first vantage point, which was well worth the effort. From there on out we followed the path to make our way to the teapot. Once we got there, the climb became a little trickier making your way over the rocks. From atop the mountain, we saw the possibility to hike to an even higher nearby mountain, which we did. On the side of the mountain you could see stones arranged in the shape of a heart, which was definitely not done by human hands, as the surface was gigantic. Arriving at the very top, we had a perfect view of the sunset over Taiwan.
After we got back down, we went to Jiufen Scenic Area where we had dinner. Unfortunately we arrived to late, so most of the shops were already closed. Apparently it should have been a cozy little town in the middle of the mountains. As the tiredness started to hit us, we went down the mountains and searched for a nearby beach to get rest. We fell asleep in no time, as the day was exhaustive, yet very satisfying!