Vase Rock 花瓶石

Vase rock
Famous Vase Rock, an outcrop along the coastline of Liuqiu Island, Taiwan.

Vase Rock 花瓶石 is the most iconic sight on the tiny coral island of Liúqiú 琉球 in southern Taiwan. It was formed by tectonic uplift, raising the old coral reef above the water line, and differential erosion operating on the “stem” of the rock formation. I shot this photograph on the Kaohsiung to Donggang segment of my first bicycle tour around Taiwan and hope to return some day for a closer look at this lovely coral island.