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, 2020. Now, you can just book your Philippines to Taiwan flights, plan your itinerary, and enjoy this much-awaited season.
Located north of the Philippines and south of Korea and Japan, Taiwan is home to a cherry blossom blooming season that starts much earlier than that of Japan and Korea.
The flowers bloom for only seven to 14 days before wilting and falling off the trees, so if you want to get a glimpse of these pink blooms you’ll have to plan your trip carefully.
Check out where and when to go if you want to enjoy these gorgeous flowers bloom:
If you want to avoid the crowds of Taipei, Wuling Farm is the way to go. Not many people know about this place so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms without tons of people around.
The best feature is the romantic pathway lined with cherry trees on both sides. It looks like something out of a fairy tale.
This is a great spot for a date a since this is a private area. Take note there is an entrance fee of around NTD160 during peak season and NTD130 during regular days.
If you have time, go on a quick day tour to nearby Lotus Forest and Sun Link Sea. If you book this tour, you’ll also get the chance to visit Japanese theme park Xitou Monster Village!
You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Given you’re in Taipei early during the blooming season, you’ll get to see the cherry blossoms at Broadwood Park.
The trees are set up in a very similar arrangement to the trees in Tokyo or Osaka. They are lined along the riverside in the Neihu District, creating a picture-perfect sight.
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Cherry blossoms adorn this outdoor museum that displays traditional homes and structures. You’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled to the past.
They even have a cherry blossom festival! It’s a must-see as Japanese elements like rickshaws, Taiko drums, and Yukata rentals are used to recreate an Edo-style Japanese village.
There is also a theme park in the vicinity. The entrance fee is around NTD850 for both the village and the theme park.
Locals will recommend the Taiyuan Temple right off the bat. This majestic Taoist pagoda temple is situated just outside the busy city.
The contrasting quiet countryside makes it a magnificent view. The cherry blossoms enhance the majestic temple and its grand interior.
Apart from the cherry blossoms, there are so many other flower species in the garden that are beautiful to look at as well.
Yangmingshan National Park is one of the most popular places to view cherry blossoms in Taiwan. In one year alone, it was visited by over a million tourists.
This is thanks to the many different variants of cherry blossoms at the park. There are Yoshino blossoms and even the Yaezakura double-petaled blossoms.
The best places to view these cherry blossoms from are the Yangmingshan Visitor Center and the Yangmingshan Park Service Center Bus Stop.
There is nothing more beautiful than cherry blossoms with a scenic architectural building in the background. The North Jishi Temple’s secret forest is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing.
Many couples get their wedding shots taken here. Who wouldn’t want dainty, pale pink cherry blossoms as background for pictures that will be kept for a lifetime?
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The Wulai Scenic Area is your next best option if you don’t want to travel to Yangmingshan. It is located in a mountainous village with rich indigenous culture, natural hot springs, and delicious traditional food.
The cherry blossoms may be what makes your experience magical, but it is the total disconnect to city life that makes it a healing trip.
There is no entrance fee so take as much time as you can among the cherry blossoms.
Get away from the noisy city life and bask in the pastel pink flurry of the Loving Farm. It is a great place for families or couples to retreat and recharge.
There are also a lot of bed and breakfast places that keep visitors comfortable. The amazing view of the cherry blossoms against the majestic mountainscape background is a big plus.
You can see the iconic Yoshino Sakura in Alishan. It may be very far from the city center, but heading to the countryside is both a healing and relaxing experience.
You can view the pastel pink clouds of cherry blossoms from the Alishan Highway. The best part is that there are many variants in this area so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms for a longer period of time.
Don’t worry if you miss the cherry blossoms—Alishan has other natural offerings that you can enjoy by booking tickets (and a ride!) to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area. You can even relax and sightsee while aboard the Alishan Forest Railway!
The Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu is located 1,923m above sea level. It looks like you’ve been transported to Europe, but you’re still in Taiwan.
Sure, the March cherry blossoms are a spectacle, but the misty mountain sunrise view is just as breathtaking. You’ll feel like you’re swimming amongst the clouds.
Best to stay at the Qingquan Hot Spring where they have therapeutic mineral water.
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