As I prepare myself for my first sticky summer in Taiwan, I find it hard to farewell to romantic Spring. Thanks – you’ve put on quite a show!
2015 Yangmingshan Flower Festival. Every Spring, Yangmingshan National Park comes to life with azaleas, cherry blossoms and calla lillies in full bloom. Located in Beitou, the National Park is only a hop and a skip away from Taipei, making it a convenient and fresh respite from city life. You could catch Tung blossoms , peonies and many other different blooms throughout the year. Better yet, the mountain comes with some decent hotsprings that would be sure to soothe your muscles after a day of hiking.
It never crossed my mind to pack some food, sit under a pagoda with some friends and have lunch whilst in the surrounds of blossoming beauty. These people are geniuses! But if you forgot all about preparing your own food like I did, don’t despair, Yangmingshan is home to some decent eateries serving locally-grown vegetables and fresh produce.
Found this little guy hiding himself amongst the green
A misty surprise greeted us as we made our way up the mountain to peruse amongst the calla lillies.
When: Since Spring marks the beginning of some spectacular blooms, the Yangmingshan Flower Festival starts in February and lasts through to March. However don’t discount the other months as you could get all sorts of other flowers blooming up until July.
Where: Yangmingshan National Park
Getting There: Numerous bus lines connecting from main MRT stations makes it extremely easy and convenient to get to the mountains just north of Taipei. Get to Beitou (北投站), Jiantan (劍潭站) or Shilin (士林站) MRT stations all on the Red Line, and catch a connecting bus, usually located just outside the main exit. For more information on bus routes and schedules click here.