Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan
Spring is here and Taiwan's Cherry trees are in full bloom at the moment. It’s time to fly over for a weekend getaway or a short holiday. This country is often overseen by travellers because people tend to connect Japan or Korea with the Sakura Season, but missing out Taiwan would be a loss . The official season to witness the blossoms is from mid-February to mid-April. There are plenty of options out there if you want to see the blooming cherry trees and enjoy the beginning of spring to its fullest.
Wuling Farm, Taichung
Located in the Hoping District 150km outside of Taipei is a great option for a tranquil getaway as it is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges in Taiwan. The air is clean and cool and you can enjoy the National Park by walking around and looking at the surrounding nature and the nearby waterfall, if you fancy some quiet time strolling around and instagramming and not have to worry about masses of tourists. Psst! You’ll enjoy unlimited data with Yogofi pocket wifi, so keep the insta stories going.
Just be warned cars are not allowed in the National Park, to protect the wildlife and nature in and around the park, but worry not during peak season the park will provide public transport to and from bigger cities in Vietnam. If you are lucky you will also be able to spot black swans that live in the lake.
Wuji Tianyuan Temple, New Taipei City
‘Temple of Heaven’ pagoda, a 60-metre structure, is surrounded by dense cherry trees every spring. There are a variety of sakura species here, such as the Taiwan cherry, which usually starts blooming from February, and Yoshino cherry, which begins to flower in March. Many pay a visit to the Taoist temple and pray for good luck for the new year like the locals.
Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei
Located just 20 km outside of Taipei the Yangmingshan National Park offers a spectacular view of the blooming cherry trees and because the park is in close proximity to Taipei it is easy to travel to and from the location within a day.Just take the bus 260 from outside the main station of Taipei and it will directly bring you to the National Park in less than 50 min. The contrast to Taipei will fascinate you because you’ll feel like you have just left civilization upon entering the park.
So if you want to enjoy all the benefits of staying in a buzzling city like Taipei but also want to experience nature this is the perfect option for you. Feb-Mar is the perfect time to visit as the trees will be in full bloom and the temperatures in Taipei will be milder than in Singapore.
Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village, Nantou
Located in Nantou County this village is home to a culture theme park and plenty of cherry trees that will blossom during the sakura time, it is also one of the only places outside of Japan to be certified by the Japan Flower Association for its trees.
Enjoying the flowers is not the only thing that this village has to offer, there are several amusement rides and a bell tower are also accessible for visitors. Several Resorts and Villas are conveniently located in and around the park, ensuring an option for every budget.
The proximity of the beautiful Sun Moon Lake is a big plus when visiting this region. It takes you 30 mins by car to get there and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery with your loved ones. The theme park also includes a roller coaster and several other forms of amusement so that every palette is pleased by your trip to this region of Taiwan.
These options are all a great way of exploring Taiwan as Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village is a great option if you have family, Wuling Farm for a more laid back adventure with plenty of nature, Wuji Tianyuan Temple and Yangmingshan National Park, because of its closeness to Taipei, still offers all the benefits of being close to a big city. The Sakura season is truly wonderful and something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, either with their loved ones or by themselves.