Tourism Bureau holds public poll to decide fate of 'Queen's Head'
December 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Would you prefer to allow the fragile “Queen's Head” rock formation to break off naturally or should artificial means be used to reinforce it?
That is the question the Tourism Bureau will be asking in a public opinion poll early next year to decide the fate of the iconic sandstone rock formation at Yehliu Geopark on Taiwan's northern coast.
The survey will be conducted via telephone and the Internet and among visitors to the park, according to Chen Mei-hsiu, chief of the bureau's North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration.
“The administration will accept the outcome of the survey and allow the public to decide whether to continue our efforts to rescue the 'Queen's Head' or leave it to natural erosion,” Chen said.
The famous sandstone formation, sculpted by waves and wind over time into a shape that resembles an Egyptian queen's head, is a popular attraction for many domestic and overseas tourists.
Due to years of natural erosion, the circumference of the formation's “neck” has been decreasing rapidly, from 144cm in 2006 to 126cm at present.
It is predicted that the “Queen's Head” will break off naturally in five years, or sooner if there are strong winds or a powerful earthquake.
In an effort to rescue the “Queen's Head,” the Tourism Bureau hired a team of experts in 2011 to seek ways to reinforce the rock formation. One of the methods proposed by the team is using nano sealing technology to strengthen the structure of the rock, according to Chen.