It was announced just last week that the first civilian mission to Mars is planned for 2018. If you don’t want to wait, or would prefer to stick a little closer to home, there’s a little bit of Mars right here on Earth at Yehliu GeoPark in Taiwan. Located along Taiwan’s north coast just a short drive from Taipei, this bizarre rockscape is the strange and beautiful love child of plate tectonics and sea erosion. The most popular rock stars here have been given imaginative names such as “The Queen’s Head,” “Fairy Shoe,” and “Sea Candles.” If you want to visit you should act fast–the sea hasn’t stopped nibbling away and some geologists think these formations may not exist in 50 to 100 years. The rapid erosion rate also means that each visit is a little different, with new geologic surprises emerging all the time. Check out this extraordinary terrestrial landscape below.

There are about 180 of these bulbous forms called Mushroom Rocks at Yehliu GeoPark. Image by WikiCommons

Yehliu GeoPark is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From May through September open hours are extended to 6 p.m. Image by WikiCommons

The shore hugging formations above, called Ginger Rocks, are among the park features particularly vulnerable to erosion. Image by WikiCommons

This regal formation, known as “The Queen’s Head,” is the unofficial emblem of the nearby town of Wanli. Image by WikiCommons

Entrance to the park costs a little less than $2 at current exchange rates. Image by WikiCommons

The pitted honeycomb surface of these rocks hints at their volcanic origins. Image by Bernard McManus

The smooth stone and bowl formations above are called Sea Candles. Image by Bernard McManus

Bridges and walkways allow visitors to get a close look at all the sights, but not too close–staying on the paths is strictly enforced. Image by WikiCommons

The rock star above, named Fairy Shoe, is a popular resident of the park. Image by WikiCommons

Yehliu GeoPark is still subject to the eroding waves. Some geologists think much of this will have washed away in 50 to 100 years time. Image by Bernard McManus