Taiwan Cherry Blossoms - 2018 Sakura Series [Travel in Taiwan Wow lineup 180121: Tianyuan Palace backyard] | Travel in Asia

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Taiwan Cherry Blossoms - 2018 Sakura Series [Travel in Taiwan Wow lineup 180121: Tianyuan Palace backyard]


Tianyuan Palace.  One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan.  For the past two years, the sakuras here opened their buds every February.  It was so surprising to find them blooming in January and I got very excited about the news.  Knowing that the flowers will only last seven to ten days before they start to fall on the ground, I did not waste any time just to see their beauty.   

Like what I did in my past visits, I boarded the Taipei MRT via the Red line and alighted at Tamsui Station.    I then transferred to Bus 875 which took its passengers to Tianyuan Temple.   I knew that I was in my destination when most of the locals get off the bus.  They were also in search of Taiwan's precious cherry blossoms!

There are two kinds of sakuras here in Tianyuan Palace and they blossom at different times.  The tri-color sakura which blossoms in late January to the first half of February and the yoshino sakura which appears in March or worst in April after a “hot” winter. 

Up to now, I’m confused about the difference of the Fuji sakura in Pingjing Street to the tri-color sakura of Tianyuan Palace.   They looked almost the same but the name “tri-color” suggest a combination of three colors for the flowers.   



At first, I thought of it as the flowers having a mixture of three hues within its petals.  After this visit, I realized that the name “tri-color” refers to the three possible colors of the flowers.   There is a white one, a pink one and reddish-violet color for the blossoms.   Pretty weird and amazing as well. 

Three in one! The diversity of the flowers of the tri-color sakura makes visiting Tianyuan Palace something to remember every spring.  

How to get here:  MRT Taipei -> get off at Tamsui Station -> Transfer to Bus 866,875,876,877 or F103.  The bus terminal is just outside the MRT Tamsui Station and waiting time for the vehicles is shown on a TV screen.  -> Get off the bus at Tianyuan Temple stop -> Walk towards the backside of the temple.   You will know that you are in the right place when you see visitors going crazy for a sakura forest.  

Status of flowering: 50%

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