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.
Located above the Philippines and at the bottom of Korea and Japan, there is a cherry blossom blooming season here that starts much earlier than Japan and Korea.
The flowers bloom for only 7-10 day, 14 days max, 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 you should head over, 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 with the cherry trees lining it on either side. It looks like something out of a fairy tale story.
This is a great spot for a date a since this is a private area. Take note there is an entrance fee of P300 during peak season, and P220 during regular days.
You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Given you’re in Taiwan 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 like the trees in Tokyo or Osaka. They are lined up at the riverside in the Neihu District. This creates the perfect place to get an IG worthy shot.
Take yourself out of modern time and travel into the past at the Formosa Aboriginal Village. The cherry blossoms adorn this outdoor museum that displays traditional homes and structures. You’ll feel like you’ve time traveled to the past.
To add up to the experience, they have a cherry blossom festival. It’s a must see as, just for the festival, Japanese culture 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 which makes for a full day of fun! Entrance fee is around P 1,400.00 for bothe the village and the theme park.
Locals will recommend the Taiyuan Temple right off the bat. This majestic Taoist pagoda temple is situated outside the busy city.
The contrasting quiet countryside makes it a magnificent view. The cherry blossoms enhance the majestic temple and it’s 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.
The Yang Ming Shan National Park is one of the most popular places to view cherry blossoms in Taiwan. In fact, a couple of years back, the park 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, Showa blossoms, and even the Yaezakura double petaled blossoms.
The best places to get a view is at the Yang Ming Shan Visitor Center and the Yang Ming Shan Park Service Center Bus Stop.
There is nothing more beautiful than cherry blossoms with a scenic architecture building background. The North Jishi Temple has something called the “Secret forest” is a popular spot.
This cherry blossom abundant area is where many couples get their wedding shots taken. Who wouldn’t want dainty, pale pink cherry blossoms as a 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 Yang Ming Shan. It is located in a mountainous village filled 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 isn’t any 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 Lalushan. It is a great place for families or couples to retreat and recharge.
There are also a lot of bed and breakfast that keep visitors comfortable. Plus, who would skip the amazing view of the cherry blossoms against the majestic mountainscape background.
The entrance fee may vary as people can further enjoy by staying overnight for PHP3,500.
You can see the iconic Yoshino Sakura, also known as Sakura, in Alishan. It may be very far from the city central 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, and get an even more scenic view at the trees lining the Alishan Forest Railway.
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.
It looks like you’ve been transported to Europe, but you’re still in Taiwan. The Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, is a located 1,923 meters above sea level.
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 waters. Entrance for a public bath pool is around PHP250 and the Indoor Onsen is around PHP930 for two.
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