Cherry Blossom season in Taiwan: All you need to know

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I still remember how I got familiar with this word ‘Cherry Blossom’. I was a child when I first saw it on a small box of black shoe polish. I am sure, at that time I didn’t know what it meant. What I’m still unable to figure out is the relevance of these beautiful pink flowers to that black shoe polish! 

To me, a tree laden with flowers and almost no leaves, is love at first sight. I experience that love back home in India whenever I look at amaltas (Cassia fistula/ Golden shower) in summer in its full yellow glory.

I never knew that I would find a similar kind of love in this foreign land but surprisingly I did. That is how I felt when I saw Cherry blossoms in Taiwan for the first time.

One evening while leisurely strolling around with my husband, a tree at a distance caught my attention. Its leaves appeared pink.

Could they be Cherry Blossoms? My heart jumped!

But what if they were just rust colored leaves?

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom

I told my husband about that tree and hastily started moving towards it. I knew it! They had to be flowers, not leaves. Words won’t suffice to explain the joy I experienced looking at the tree with no leaves, only fresh pink blooms. A pretty pink start to the new year!

Usually, Japan is the country that comes in ones mind while thinking about ‘Sakura’ or the cherry blossoms.

A huge number of people visit Japan during Sakura season but it can be quite heavy on the pocket. Comparatively, Taiwan is more affordable and less crowded than Japan during the season.

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.

In the cities of the Northern Taiwan like Taipei, Tamsui, Hsinchu, it can start blooming as early as by the end of January and last till the end of March.

Places in Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou experience this beautiful pink bloom from mid February to early April.

If you do not want to travel far away from the capital city then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei.

10 Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan

1. Yangmingshan National Park ( Mid January to Mid March)

Address- No. 1-20, Zhuzihu Road, Beitou District, Yangmingshan, Taipei

This national park is famous among the travelers for its pristine natural beauty, hiking trails and hot springs. Pink blooms during sakura season is a sight to behold. Yoshino blossoms, Showa blossoms, and the Yaezakura double petaled blossoms can be seen here.

Moreover, you can find azaleas, camellias, spring blossoms, wild peonies too.

Yangmingshan Flower Festival will be held during 15th Feb 2020 to 22 March 2020 at Yangming Park, Shiling Dist, Taipei.

How to reach Yangmingshan National Park?

Take MRT to Jiantan MRT station. From Jiantan MRT Station Exit 1,  take bus Red 5 to Yangmingshan Station which is the last station on the line. Transfer onto bus 108  and get off at Yangmingshan National Park. 

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2. CKS Memorial Hall, Taipei (Early February to Mid March)

Address: No.21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City

Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is a famous landmark and historical monument in Taipei. It is easily accessible by Taipei MRT. Take MRT to CKS Memorial Hall.

3. Wuji Tianyuan Temple, Taipei (Early March to March End)

Address: No.36, Sec. 3, Beixin Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan

This temple is a colourful 5 tier structure located in a peaceful place. It is also known as the ‘Temple of Heaven’ and surrounded by cherry trees.

You can witness the scenic beauty and lovely blooms that surround this temple during Cherry Blossom season.

Don’t miss out on visiting the temple. There are special buses from Tamsui Metro station to this temple during this period. 

How to reach Wuji Tianyuan Temple ?

Take the MRT from Taipei Main Station to the Tamsui MRT Station. From there take a 30-minute bus ride to the countryside New Taipei just outside Taipei. You have to get down at the Danshui District.

From there walk to the Tianyuan Temple. You can also take a cab or taxi from Tamsui.

Where to stay in Taipei?

Jingshan Recreation Area

Located near Yangmingshan National Park, it is the right place to stay for you. The chalets are very spacious and comfortable. Scenic beauty of the surroundings is a bonus point.

Facilities include free wifi, family rooms and restaurant Jingshan Recreation Area.

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Beautiful, cozy and homely rooms at this property will make your stay very comfortable and pleasant. Excellent location, friendly host and free wifi makes it a good choice for staying in Taipei.

For Reviews, Images, Availability and latest price of Taipei Star Hotel Click here.

4. Qingjing Farm, Nantou (Mid Feb to Early March)

Address:No. 170, Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, 546

This farm boasts vast green grasslands, Swiss Garden, ecological Garden, fun activities, trails and workshops. People often visit this farm for the beautiful Sakura trail during February.

A stretch of 500 metres is covered with blooming sakura.

How to reach Qingjing Farm?

Take HSR to Taichung station. From Exit 5 at Taichung station, take Nantou bus to Qingjing Farm.

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5. Sun Moon Lake, Nantou (Early March to March End)

Last time when I visited Sun Moon Lake, I was not aware that it was also a popular place for cherry blossom season. Cycling around this lake was the best part of the whole trip.

Now I feel that when it looked so mesmerizing and tranquil without them, how beautiful it would look adorned with blooming flowers all around it. 

Tip-You can also choose to take the Sun Moon Lake rope-way and witness the pink hues on the ground from above.

How to reach Sun Moon Lake?

Take HSR to Taichung station. From Taichung HSR station, take a Nantou bus direct to Sun Moon Lake.

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6. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ( February End to Mid March)

Address- No. 45, Chihtien Lane, Yuchi Township, Nantou

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village attracts a lot of visitors with its Spring festival at the Sun Moon Lake at Nantou.

Many events are organised during this season to attract more tourists and the weather starts getting better at this time.

When the trees are blooming with pink flowers, the place looks like something straight out of a picture postcard. The cherry blossoms found here are known as Peony cherry or ‘Multi-petal Taiwan Cherry’.

Travel tip for Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village: Go for viewing the flowers at night when the place is decorated with colorful lights, adding a magical and romantic feel.

How to reach Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village?

Take the HSR train from Taipei to Taichung. Then take the bus from HSR Taichung Station to Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village.

Where to stay in Nantou?

Sun Moon Lake Bamboo Rock Garden Hotel

Lake view and mountain view rooms with balcony make it a popular choice among the guests. Staff is very helpful and breakfast served is delicious. You can go for a visit to the Sun Moon Lake and Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

For Reviews, Images, Availability and latest price of Sun Moon Lake Bamboo Rock Garden Hotel.

7. Tai’an Police Station, Taichung ( Mid February to Mid March)

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom

Address: No. 1, Anmei Road, Houli District, Taichung

It may sound strange but this police station is another popular place for viewing cherry blossoms in Taiwan. It is famous as ‘the most beautiful police station’ because of many cherry trees planted near the parking area.

During full bloom, they completely transform the ambience of this place.

How to reach Tai’an Police Station?

During the cherry blossom festival, Taichung City Government  arranges shuttle buses to carry tourists between Taian Train Station and Taian Police Station.

You just have to take a train to Taian Train station and then take this shuttle bus from there.

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8. Wuling Farm (Early Feb to Early March)

Address: No. 3-1, Wuling Road, Heping District, Taichung City

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom

Well known for its picturesque beauty, spectacular gardens and mountain tea plantations, Wuling Farm is another great place to capture cherry blossoms in Taiwan.

With thousands of cherry trees around, this place becomes a hot-spot for Sakura viewing in Taiwan.

Many youngsters and couples visit this place due to the romantic environment it offers during this season. Tip- A great place to go out on Valentine’s Day!

How to reach Wuling Farm? 

From Taipei Bus Station, take 1917 bus for the Luodong Transfer Station. Take the 1764 bus from there to Lishan then get down at Wuling Farm.

Where to stay near Wuling Farm?

Song Hua Ju B&B , Heping

This bed and breakfast property provides restaurant, children’s playground, shared lounge, bar and buffet breakfast. Guests can enjoy hiking and cycling around. Guests can also bring their pets along for stay.

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9. Alishan National Scenic Area (Early March to Early April)

Address- No.51, Checheng, Chukou Village, Fanlu Township, Chiayi County

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom

Alishan National Scenic Area spreads across 41500 hectares. Being a hill station, Alishan is a very popular place among the locals and the tourists.

The blooming cherry trees on the sides of the railway track here look picture perfect.

The red coloured Forest Railway Train is also very popular among the visitors and makes for a great journey and amazing moments for clicking pictures around the place.

Varieties of sakura that you can find here include Kuril cherry, Taiwan cherry, Yoshino cherry and Yaezakura.

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How to reach Alishan National Scenic Area?

Take High Speed Rail or normal train (TRA) from Taipei to Chiayi. From the Chiayi Bus Station (next to the train station), you can take a bus to Alishan.

Where to stay near Alishan Scenic Area?

Sunsweet House

Located amidst lush green hills, this property is a perfect choice for staying in this area. Great location, stunning views and warm hospitality attracts a lot of travelers to this place.

Popular facilities offered here include no-smoking rooms, superb breakfast and free parking.

For Reviews, Images, Availability and latest price of Sunsweet House.

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10. Hsinchu Park, Hsinchu ( Early Feb to Early March)

Though Hsinchu can not be placed at the top of the list if your sole reason for visiting Taiwan is ‘Cherry Blossoms’. But if you happen to be in Hsinchu during cherry blossom season, you can find those here too.

Hsinchu Park, located near the Hsinchu Zoo, has many cherry trees that start blooming in February.

Similarly, there are cherry trees in the ground opposite TSMC building in National Tsing Hua University. 

This is the place where I had my first Sakura experience!

When is the Yangmingshan Flower Festival in Taipei?

Yangmingshan Flower Festival will be held during 15th Feb 2020 to 22 March 2020 at Yangming Park, Shiling Dist, Taipei.

Is there cherry blossom in Taipei?

Yes, there is Cherry Blossom in Taipei and other parts of Taiwan.

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April. Read the post for more details.

Where can I see cherry blossoms in Taiwan?

In the cities of the Northern Taiwan like Taipei, Tamsui, Hsinchu, it can start blooming as early as by the end of January and last till the end of March.

Places in Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou experience this beautiful pink bloom from mid February to early April.

Which is better Japan or Taiwan to see Cherry Blossoms?

A huge number of people visit Japan during Sakura season but it can be quite heavy on the pocket. Comparatively, Taiwan is more affordable and less crowded than Japan during the season.

With what I have witnessed, I can confidently say that everyone must experience Cherry Blossoms at least once in their lifetime. If Japan seems too expensive or too far away to you, give Taiwan a chance.

Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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So, wait no more and check off the ‘Cherry Blossom experience’ from your bucket list this year! 

Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom
Time for the Cherry Blossoms bloom vary at different places in Taiwan. It can be anywhere between the end of January to the end of April.If you do not want to Central Taiwan like Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou then here is the list of places where you can see the pink flowers blooming in Taipei #cherryblossom #cherryblossomtaiwan #cherryblossomintaiwan2020 #taiwantravelcherryblossom #taipei #taipeicherryblossom

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