Taiwanese Tale of Cherry Blossoms!

Taipei City, Dec 20 : With Spring on its way, nature is slowly unfurling its bounty all over the lovely island of Taiwan. As flowers burst into their colourful glory and trees again wear a green blanket, there is no better time to visit the beautiful island of Taiwan. Visitors now have the chance to enjoy Mother Nature as she preens and reveals herself in all its glory and abundance.

Check out the beautiful Alishan Scenic Area in Chiayi, where pretty pale pink cherry blossoms are in full bloom in spring. The beauty of seeing the cherry blossoms is further enhanced with a ride on the quaint Alishan Forest Railway that is a not to be missed experience.

Located very close to Taipei City, Yangmingshan is an ideal place for visitors to view Taiwan's natural beauty in full splendour. Here you can see a wide variety of fresh flowers such as cherry blossoms, azalea, camellia and peach blossoms.

The annual Yangmingshan Flower Festival kicks off in 2014 in the second week of February and will continue enchanting visitors till the end of March! The 2014 Yangmingshan Flower Festival will be in full swing all around Taipei City — at Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence, Shuangxi Park, Lin Yu-tang House, Floriculture Experiment Center, Qianshan Park, and Yangming Park. If you want to behold the lovely Cherry Trees, visit the Wulai Township (in Taipei County) where from February to April, various cherry trees blossom along the winding mountain roads, valleys and rivers. Avid bird-watchers can have the chance to spot rare species of birds against the backdrop of the cherry blossoms.

The pavement on both sides of the winding Huanshan Road approaching Wulai Falls is lined with cherry trees, and the Wulai Naruwan Spring Resort Activity Village before the Falls already has cherry blossoms blooming all around it. Another favourite is the Sun Moon Lake which is always a very romantic location to be in, but during this time gets an added dimension thanks to the cherry blossom season! The Aboriginal Cherry Blossom festival includes a series of events centered on the hundreds of mountain cherry trees which line Sun Moon Lake and the over 2,000 cherry trees in the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

The Cherry Blossom Festival activities, never fails to attract tourists a large number of tourists from all over Taiwan and from abroad as well who come to view the cherry blossoms and take part in the lively celebrations. Every year, as a major part of this festival, an "Evening Cherry Blossom Activity" is sponsored. During this event, a lamplight is placed on each of the cherry trees, creating a romantic and poetic appearance of a colorful cherry blossom veranda. The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village's large-scale evening cherry blossom festivities have already become one of Taiwan's most popular and enjoyable cultural activities that draws people in large numbers!

Apart from the Cherry Blossom Festival, we have chalked out some must-do things for you to do while in Taiwan! From Eclectic Shopping, Fascinating Museums, Bustling Night Markets, Gardens in Full Bloom, Exciting High-Speed Rail Trip - Taiwan will give you a taste of it all!

What you should not-miss in Taiwan!

The High Speed Rail from Taipei - Zuoying (Kaohsiung)

E-Da World (Integrated resort)

British Consulate of Takao at Xizi Bay

Dream Mall Shopping Centre

Kaohsiung - Taichung

Stock 20 Art Gallery

Laughtea Teahouse

Art Museum Eco Parkway

Bubble Tea experience

Jingming 1st Street shopping Area

Fengjia Night Market

Love River Cruise Tour

Taichung - Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake Tour

Farmosan Aboriginal Culture Village (Cable car from Sun Moon Lake)

Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area/boat cruise on Sun Moon Lake/Ita Thao Commercial Area


Yumay Theme Park

Lunch in Taichung County


Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Ximending/The Red House

Jiufen Old Streets

National Palace Museum

Taipei 101 Commercial Area (Observatory on 89th floor)/Xinyi Commercial Area

Wufenpu Shopping Area

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Cherry Blossom time in Taiwan

It is Cherry Blossom time in Taiwan which is wooing tourists from across the world. Images of a tourist train chugging its way under a cherry blossom tree, the Alishan Mountains of Taiwan and a lit up sky of Taipei.

--IBNS (Posted on 20-12-2013)

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