Cherry Blossom Season in Taiwan - 2017 Sakura Series - Taoyuan (桃園) [Travel in Taiwan 170312: Loving Farm (恩愛農場)] | Travel in Asia

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cherry Blossom Season in Taiwan - 2017 Sakura Series - Taoyuan (桃園) [Travel in Taiwan 170312: Loving Farm (恩愛農場)]


Location: 336, Taoyuan City, Fuxing District, 華陵里上巴陵中心路143號

Fuxing Road (near to Taoyuan Station).  Bus 5301 at 6:30 am.

Bus 5301
road signs at Shanbaling stop

I went uphill via Zhongxin Road to reach Loving Farm.  It is the road on the left side in this photo.

How to get here: Most visitors come to this place with their own car. If you don’t have one then you can board Bus 5301 from Fuxing Road near to Taoyuan Station and alight at Shangbaling (上巴陵) stop. The first bus leaves the city at 6:30 am and the next bus will be at 12:30 pm. Travel time is 2 to 3 hours. Once you are in Shanbaling, hire a taxi or hike the mountain road leading to the farm for 3.7 kilometers. Since I’m a budget traveler, I opted to walk and after 1.5 hours I finally reached Loving Farm. 

I enjoyed the view while hiking.

signs leading to many hostels

A sign in a camping area that I passed by.

Still a long way...

A sakura tree with flowers in Zhongxin Road

There are many hotels built along the slopes of the mountains in Lalashan.

The mountains of Fuxing District

Whew! I so close to the heavens. lol

Traffic! Traffic!

One of the signs leading to the cherry blossom forest

Loving Farm as seen from Zhongxin Road

The first kilometer was a bit steep but after that Zhongxin Road becomes almost flat as I go higher in the mountains. I enjoyed the view of Fuxing District during my hike while at the same time burning some calories. Traffic control was being implemented in the mountain road by the farm authorities as it was not designed to be a full two-lane passageway for vehicles. Some portions of Zhongxin Road becomes one and a half to one lane only. Drivers must be very careful and sometimes must give way to cars running in the opposite lane. 

Visitors taking Bus 5301 must take note of its departure times from Shangbaling. The first bus leaves at 9:30 am and the last bus will be 3:30 pm. Ignore the locals that will tell you that there are no buses going back to Taoyuan. Bus 5301 can become late but I assure you that it will arrive at the Shangbaling bus stop. 

At last! I reached the farm after walking for 1.5 hours.

If you went here using your car, you will have to park it first in the designated area before you can enjoy the cherry blossoms.

From the entrance, the road to the left leads to the cherry blossoms.  I followed this family to find my way.

A representative will hand you a ticket before you enter the parking lot with sakura trees.
Ticket price: NTD 100

Status of flowering: “Full bloom” was predicted on March 10. The parking lot was the main area to see cherry blossoms and the sakura trees here were full of flowers. It is still possible to see flowers on March 18 and 19 and even after that because there were still trees that have buds that haven’t open yet.

There was this cabin just upon entering the farm premises. 

yaesakura and a cabin

In the parking lot where there are lots of blooming sakura 

Do you want to play the swing?

It was a great day to see cherry blossoms.

An elevated road in the farm also has cherry blossom trees ...
... but the main area is the parking lot.

Visitors can bring their own food and have picnic under the sakura trees.

Some even assembled their tents.

cherry blossoms with buds that are yet to open

Sakura! Sakura!

clusters of cherry blossoms

Do I look sad? lol

I love this shot.

"petal drop"

A group of women went to the farm and wore their Japanese traditional dress.

The sakura trees here in Loving Farm has this characteristic sway.

I really loved it when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Do you have any idea why the sakura trees here sway?  I know the reason why and I won't tell. Haha!

selfie time

One of the things that you have to do here is to stand on the high chair/ladder and have your photos taken by your friend.

Of course I did it but through the help of my tripod.

See? It was great to sit on the high chair.

The parking lot

There was also this tall cherry blossom tree that visitors don't notice so I went up the hill and have pictures with it.

cherry blossoms and the mountains of Fuxing District

a cabin with sakura flowers

Yeah! See you next spring Loving Farm.

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