December 17, 2023: In a somber turn of events, Taiwan’s famed natural wonder, Elephant Trunk Rock, has lost its distinctive ‘trunk’ due to the relentless forces of weathering and erosion caused by seawater. Once a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike, this iconic attraction, shaped like an elephant’s trunk, has now become a victim of nature’s relentless wear and tear, leaving many saddened.
The Ruifang District Office reported that a section of the ‘elephant’s trunk’ separated from the rest of the rock structure, succumbing to natural weathering and erosion. This unfortunate collapse marks the end of an era for a landmark that was not only a cherished local attraction but also one of Taiwan’s most prominent Instagram-worthy places.
The incident occurred at 1:55 pm on December 16, with the original portion of the rock now submerged in the water. In response to the collapse, local authorities have closed the site to visitors for safety reasons, advising against visiting Elephant Trunk Rock. Instead, they suggest exploring alternative natural landscapes like Chieftain Rock while emphasizing responsible waste disposal to preserve Taiwan’s coastal beauty.
Geologists, expressing concern about another landmark, the Queen’s Head, likened to the bust of Queen Elizabeth, highlight its gradual diminishment over the years. With its current circumference measuring lower than 120 cm, apprehensions about its stability have risen.
Elephant Trunk Rock, initially a military-protected zone, opened to the public in 2000, quickly becoming a popular attraction in Shen’ao. However, in 2010, access to certain areas was restricted to prevent visitors from climbing onto the rock formation.
Located in Vietnam, Elephant Trunk Rock was one of Taiwan’s most gorgeous natural wonders, resembling an elephant dipping its trunk into the sea. Perched along the coastline, this unique rock formation drew awe and admiration for its striking resemblance. The partial break on December 16 has closed the site, marking the end of an era and leaving many mourning the loss of a once-iconic symbol of Taiwan’s natural beauty.