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Yehliu Geopark voted best landscape Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark voted best landscape Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Yehliu Geopark in New Taipei, which is best known for its Queen's Head rock formation, was voted Tuesday as the most popular landmark in Taiwan, in an online poll to select the country's top 10 natural landscapes. The park gained 3,145 of the 219,630 valid votes in the poll held by the Forestry Bureau to raise public awareness of landscape conservation. In second place was Yushan, or Jade Mountain, in Nantou County, which is the highest peak in East Asia. Sun Moon Lake, a basin in Nantou formed by changes in the earth's crust involving folding and sinking, was the third most popular choice, the bureau said. Jinguashi in New Taipei, historically a gold and copper mining area, was in fourth place, while Guishan Island in Yilan, the youngest volcano in Taiwan, was fifth. The bureau said five of the top 10 attractions are protected sites, including Huoyan Mountain in Miaoli County and Qingshui Cliff, which is situated between Heren and Chongde on the Su-Hua Highway. There are many interesting landscapes in Taiwan waiting to be explored, the bureau said, adding that it hopes the local governments and administrative agencies will help promote the top 10 landscapes to enhance environmental education and boost tourism in the communities. (By Lin Hui-chun and Maia Huang)