Want to see the cherry blossoms in Taiwan this year? It’s a good thing the visa-free entry for Filipinos is extended until July 31, 2019. Now, you can just book your flight to Taiwan, plan your itinerary, and enjoy this much-awaited season.
We list down where you should head over, and when to go, if you want to enjoy these gorgeous flowers bloom.
This location is a great place to see the cherry blossoms because of its location on the mountains. Snacks made from cherry blossoms as well as flavored tea are served, so it’s not just your eyes that get their fill.
However, Alishan does limit admission to somewhere around 16,000 visitors per day. This is to prevent overcrowding and maintain the health of the blossoms.
Alishan can be reached by taking the Taiwan Trip Alisha Routes A and B from the Chiayi High Speed Rail and Chiayi Train Station, respectively.
If you want to see the cherry blossoms as early as possible, Yangmingshan is the best place to go. The cherry blossoms here have been known to bloom as early as late January. However, your safest bet would be early in February. The park’s hiking and biking trails are also lined with cherry blossoms, so prepare to feel like you’re in an anime.
The best part is Yangmingshan is just near the capital city of Taipei. Head to the Zhengzhou Road bus stop outside of Taipei Main Station and get on shuttle bus 260, which will take you to Tangmingshan’s bus terminal.
Just like Alishan, Wuling Farm’s high location makes it an ideal spot to watch the cherry blossoms. Taiwan’s second highest peak, Snow Mountain, is also near Wuling Farm, so if you’re a mountaineer it’s added incentive to head to this location.
To get to Wuling Farm, take a tour bus from Taipei Main Station. However, tour buses need to be booked in advance, so include that in your planning.
There are two reasons why you should check out Tamsui District: the Wuyi Tianyuan Temple and the Wu Ancestral Shrine. The Tianyuan Temple cherry blossoms are of three different varieties, so expect a multicolored show. Meanwhile, the Wu Ancestral Shrine also offers views of the Tamsui and Shilin areas.
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Cherry blossom pilgrims looking for an experience beyond just the viewing can head to the Wulai District. Cherry blossoms aren’t just the ones that line the street, but hawkers stalls that sell traditional snacks as well. Aside from that, visitors can also visit hot springs and aboriginal museums.
Nantou County’s Sun Moon Lake is already a popular destination on its own, but it’s doubly so during cherry blossom season. Head on over to the Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village gardens to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Afterwards, take part in an interactive experience about the history of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan.
Photography enthusiasts would do well to see the cherry blossoms bloom at Renshan Botanical Garden. There are several themed gardens and beautiful hiking trails there during the rest of the year.
But the blossoming of the cherry blossoms pushes the beauty of the place even further. Not only can you take photos of the cherry blossoms, you can also take photos of the butterflies that often make an appearance there.
If you’re too busy to leave the capitol or don’t want to make the trek to a different location, there’s no need to worry. There are still a number of locations in Taipei where you can see the cherry blossoms bloom.
Bihu Park in the Neihu District is one such location, as well as Songzhih Park and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.
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