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Taiwan Cherry Blossoms 2025 Ultimate Travel Guide: When, Where, How to go, Tips and Tricks

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The biggest and most comprehensive coverage of Taiwan's cherry blossom season is finally here! It includes a real-time forecast table that tells you, if there are still lots of cherry blossoms to see on a particular place. Hailed as the “mother of all Taiwan cherry blossoms post”, this is the most complete travel guide that you will ever find, about Taiwan’s various sakura viewing spots. From Taipei to Alishan, all of your questions about the island’s festive flower season are now answered on this ultimate Taiwan cherry blossom guide.


Taiwan Cherry Blossoms 2024 Ultimate Travel Guide: When, Where, How to go, Tips and Tricks
Table of Contents

1. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT TAIWAN'S CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

1.1 When is Taiwan's cherry blossom season?

A: Taiwan's cherry blossom season starts in January and ends in April.  It is a common misconception that the flower season happens in spring during February and March. As early as the first week of January during winter, a few trees would start to have flowers.  Pingjing St. Lane 42, is usually the place to watch out for after the New Year had begun.

The type of cherry blossom and the location of the trees is also big factor for their blossoming periods. Take for example Alishan Scenic Area, the cherry blossoms here are the Tokyo sakura type. Alishan's climate is perfect for growing this kind of flowers. They blossom in late March to early April, when the weather in the scenic area have shifted from the chilly winter mode to a lovely spring.


Taiwan cherry blossoms

Among the cities in Taiwan, Taipei is the first to witness the pink of the beauty of the flowers every mid-January and will continue until March. As the weather warms up, the flower party will continue to the low-lying areas of Taichung, not to mention Heping District's Wuling Farm which usually reach its peak every February 20. The first week of April is the last chance for sakura chasers to see the blossoms in Alishan, which is located in Chiayi County. If you are coming from Taipei, you have to spend time and money if you want to see the Tokyo sakuras there. Visiting Alishan during mid-April is considered late for cherry blossom viewing, so plan your itinerary well. The one-man team luomujie blog is here to help you, just in case you can't decide on which place to see for your cherry blossom hunting in Taiwan.


Taiwan cherry blossoms

1.2 Which month is the best time to see the sakura in Taiwan? Is it February or March?

A: I will say both. I will even add January and April for the best months to visit Taiwan during its entire cherry blossom season. Each month and each province/city on the island have their own sakura viewing spot that is worth visiting.


JANUARY

In January, there is Pingjing St. Lane 42 and Wulai Scenic Area.    These places are the early bloomers and reach their peak during the end of the month.




FEBRUARY

For February, Wuling Farm is waiting for you. An alternative is the Forest Hill Farm located at Hsinchu. Visitors can also go to the backyard of Tianyuan Temple, LOHAS Park in Neihu, and the Shenzhang Bridge bus stop in New Taipei .








MARCH

The month of March is a wild animal. Climate change had disrupted the blossoming patterns of the sakuras in Yangmingshan. The flowers there usually appear in February. Now, the sakuras blossom in March breaking the norms of what it was used to be. Expect the showa and yoshino sakura to appear during this month with the cherry stream area, the Yangming Park fountain, Yangmingshan Visitor Center and Yangmingshan Park Service Center bus stop as the best places to gaze at the flowers. In New Taipei, the Tianyuan Palace is the hotspot every March while Sun Link Sea in Nantou is the next big thing after the Wuling Farm cherry blossom festival has ended.


Taiwan cherry blossoms

Other places like the Loving Farm in Lalashan are also worth to see. But with no public transportation to take people directly to the place, going there would take too much time and money.   Taichung offers an alternative to those who had been to Yangmingshan.  Near TRA Tai'an Station is a police headquarters where people flock to enjoy yaesakura cherry blossoms.  While in Nantou, tourists at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village enjoy looking down on the pink forest composed of sakura flowers, as they fly in the sky through a thrilling cable car ride.







APRIL

April? There's no better answer but Alishan. Visitors can expect the Tokyo cherry blossoms to appear during the first week of April. The sakura festival in Alishan varies in time depending on the climate condition, but expect the flowers to start appearing from the first week of March to as late as the first half of the month. You can see different kinds of cherry blossoms in Alishan with the Tokyo sakura being the most important. It usually blossoms on late-March to early-April. Alishan is located on the mountains of Southern Taiwan at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. If you are coming from Taipei, prepare to travel for 6 hours just to reach the scenic area.

For a Japanese sakura viewing experience, check this 2024 Japan Cherry Blossoms Guide.

1.3 Where are the best places to visit to see the cherry blossoms in Taiwan?

A: The luomujie blog chose 10 places as the best spots of sakura viewing:   Pingjing St. Lane 42, Tianyuan Temple, LOHAS Park in Neihu, Wuling Farm, Fushoushan Farm, Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm, Cinging Farm, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Lalashan Loving Farm, and Sun Moon Lake Ropeway


1.4 How long does the flowers of the cherry blossom last?

A: The flowers have a lifespan of 7 to 10 days only. 14 days will be its maximum beauty when you consider the time the first buds open until the petals start to wither and blown away by the wind.


1.5 Do all of the Taiwan cherry blossom viewing spots accessible by public transportation?

A: Unfortunately, the answer is a big no. While popular sites like Yangmingshan and Alishan can be reached via bus, some places especially those located in the lesser known mountains of Taiwan can only be reached by driving your own car. One example is the Lalashan Loving Farm and its 70-km distance from TRA Taoyuan Station. And from the nearest bus stop in Fuxing District which is called Shangbaling, this cherry blossom viewing spot is still 3.7 kilometers away! 

 


Tripool taxi, an officially recognized private transportation by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau is here to solve your problem. Try to check their web app: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji and get to know about their 40% off deal.


Because of inflation, I have updated the fare comparison tables of my "Taoyuan Airport to Taipei guide". This will be handy for the 2024 Taiwan sakura season. Check it out to know the updated prices, of private transfers from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei, and to other popular tourist spots in Taiwan.

Taiwan cherry blossoms

1.6 Does the government of Taiwan release an official cherry blossom forecast?

A: No. In my years of stay in Taiwan as a PhD student, I have observed that Taiwan's national government don't release any data about the expected dates blossoming of its sakura flowers.  Usually, it's the meteorological agency of a country that gives such data.   For Korea, it's the Korea Meteorological Agency and for Japan, it's the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). These institutions release a map of their respective nation together with the blossoming periods of the flowers.

 

Taiwan's very own Central Weather Bureau (CWB) is the equivalent of the KMA and JMA, but it doesn't release information about sakura.  I can only give an intelligent guess on why the CWB don't tell any sakura forecast. That it's up to the local government units, scenic area administrations and private farms to disseminate information about their own cherry blossom festivals.

 
Taiwan cherry blossoms

Luckily, for Taipei, the city government updates everyone through its own sakura website: http://flowers.taipei/sakura/. It is currently offline but through that page, tourists will be able to know the current situation of the sakura trees located in different parks across the city, and their blossoming rates (defined by percentages). I tried following that site for years and I found myself looking for pink petals at Wenshan District, Songshan District and Shilin District, but sometimes I went home disappointed because I only saw a few flowers. Haha! In my opinion, some of the data there are exaggerated. I'm not saying that you do not follow the Taipei's recommended site for cherry blossom viewing.  Just lower your expectations if you are not going to Yangmingshan or to other popular sakura spots in the city.

2. 2025 FORECAST FOR TAIWAN'S CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

To help you have a memorable cherry blossom trip before you even arrived on Taiwan, the one-man team luomujie blog created this Taiwan Cherry Blossoms 2024 Forecast. From Taipei to Alishan, visitors will now be updated about the hottest place to go for cherry blossom viewing.



The different sakura viewing spots are organized by city and each place is represented by a colored bar.  The length of the rectangles represent the expected time when you will see best the flowers.  Just hover your mouse and click the bar.  You will know then the right dates to go to that place.  Expect places like Caopingtou and Sanxia Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest to have longer bars because of the variety of flowers that these places have.


2025 Taiwan Cherry Blossom Forecast
©luomujie.blogspot.com

What's the basis of my predictions? It’s experience! Years of sakura hunting taught me that there are patterns, when it comes to the flowering period of Taiwan's cherry blossoms. Living on this country for a half a decade, I am now familiar with the different weather cycles in Taiwan and its effect on the pink petals.   But I still recognize the fact, that it's difficult to accurately predict when will the flowers appear, so I made the table dynamic.  The bars will lengthen,shorten or even change position according to real-time data.

3. LATEST UPDATE

Complementing the luomujie blog's 2025 Taiwan Cherry Blossom Forecast, is this latest update report about the flowering rate of the cherry blossom trees, on the different sakura viewing spots in Taiwan. The blossoming conditions is described by the % rate of flowering and if possible, a note will be added to add more information about the actual situation on the place. I have two tables, the first one is the Top 10 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots. These are the popular places in Taiwan to see the sakura flowers and usually accessible by public transportation.


CURRENT FLOWERING SITUATION ON TAIWAN'S TOP 10 CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS. Take note that the blossoming periods can become delayed for two to four weeks. It also possible that the buds will open earlier than the expected dates.
Name of sakura viewing spotBest time to see the cherry blossomsCurrent rate of flowering/Notes
Pingjing St. Lane 42late January to early February
See you in 2025!
Tianyuan Templelate January to early February
and between mid-March to late March
See you in 2025!
LOHAS Park in Neihumid-February
See you in 2025!
Wuling Farmmid-February to late February
See you in 2025!
Fushoushan Farmmid-February to late March
See you in 2025!
Hsinchu Forest Hill Farmmid-February to early March
See you in 2025!
Cingjing Farmlate February to early March
See you in 2025!
Sakura Bird Forestlate February to early March
See you in 2025!
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Villagelate February to mid-March
See you in 2025!


Lalashan Loving Farmearly March to mid-March
See you in 2025!


The second table is about the other places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan. It includes common cherry blossom viewing spots in Greater Taipei and other cities of this country.

Current flowering situation of different cherry blossom viewing spots around Taiwan. Those already in the Top 10 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots are excluded on this table.
City/CountyCherry blossom viewing spotCurrent rate of flowering/Notes
TaipeiTaipei Flower Test Center
See you in 2025!
Yangmingshan
See you in 2025!
Taipei 101
See you in 2025!
Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall
See you in 2025!
Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall
See you in 2025!
Neihu Creek Trail
See you in 2025!
Bishanyan
See you in 2025!
Orange Cafe restaurant
See you in 2025!
Neicou Stream
See you in 2025!
Shibafen
See you in 2025!
Dongfang Temple
See you in 2025!
New TaipeiYinghua Park
See you in 2025!
Kao Gao Keng Creek
See you in 2025!
New Garden City
See you in 2025!
Sanxia Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest
See you in 2025!
Sunshine Sports Park
See you in 2025!
Royal Dragon Sakura Forest
See you in 2025!
Shulin Land Office
See you in 2025!
Lung Yen Mobile Sakura Forest
See you in 2025!
Hope River
See you in 2025!
National Taipei University Sanxia Campus
See you in 2025!
Wugu District
See you in 2025!
Sanzhi Sansei Trail
See you in 2025!
HsinchuHsinchu Park
See you in 2025!
MiaoliTongluo Firecracker Flower Garden
See you in 2025!
NantouCaopingtou
See you in 2025!
Shanlinxi
See you in 2025!
Sun Moon Lake Ropeway
See you in 2025!
Aowanda
See you in 2025!
TaichungTai'an Police Station
See you in 2025!
Cherry Hill Slope
See you in 2025!
Dongshi Forest Park
See you in 2025!
Wun Chang Elementary School
See you in 2025!
ChiayiAlishan
See you in 2025!
I have removed Wulai as a cherry blossom spot. It will return on my selections of sakura spots, if the trees there are going to flower again.

2024 Chinese New Year Holiday Reminder: Feb. 8 to Feb. 14

*Expect some petal loss

For the 10-day Chinese New Year Holiday in Taiwan which will start from Feb. 8 and will end on Feb. 14, services of the different modes of public transportation in Taiwan will be reduced. The usual 20-minute waiting time for low-floor buses might become one hour. Likewise, the intervals between trains of the MRT and the TRA will also become longer. Based on my experience, bus stops in Taiwan are usually posted with short pieces of paper containing information about their new schedule. Services of tripool taxi is also suspended during this holiday period. Prospective passengers will not be able to book a trip for dates falling on the Chinese New Year holidays.


Going back to the 2024 Taiwan Cherry Blossoms Forecast dynamic chart, several sakura viewing spots will be affected by the affected by Chinese New Year holiday: Neihu Lohas Park, Tianyuan Temple tri-color sakura, New Garden City


4. SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Adding spice to the cherry blossom season of Taiwan is this set of travel itineraries arranged and set up according to the current flowering situation. Right now, Pingjing St. Lane 42 and Tianyuan Temple are best places to go before the Lunar New Year Holiday. The sakuras in LOHAS Park in Neihu might need more time to reach full bloom. Expect more travel itineraries on this section as the Taiwan's cherry blossom season intensifies.

4.1 JAN 18, 2024 to FEB 1, 2024: Pingjing St. cherry blossoms, museum, hot springs and night market: Pingjing St. Lane 42 -> National Palace Museum -> Beitou -> hot springs -> Shilin Night Market

Wake up early in the morning in Taipei to see the cherry blossoms in Pinjing St. Just top up your car and ride the MRT and bus to reach popular attractions along the Taipei MRT Red Line.

Here is your itinerary: Taipei MRT Jiantan Station (Red Line) -> Bus 303 -> get off at Lunziwei (倫仔尾) stop -> have pictures with the sakura -> ride Bus 303 again, get off at MRT Jiantan Station -> ride Bus R30 to get to National Palace Museum -> to reach Beitou, return to MRT Jiantan Station and board the train to MRT Beitou Station -> transfer to the Xinbeitou Line -> explore Beitou, eat a ramen or go on a hot spring -> go back to MRT Beitou Station -> MRT Jiantan Station -> walk to Shilin Night Market

4.2 JAN 18, 2024 to FEB 1, 2024: Pingjing St. cherry blossoms and tour along Taipei MRT Red Line: Pingjing St. Lane 42 -> Modern Toilet Shilin Branch -> Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall -> Taipei 101 -> Din Tai Fung then/or hike Elephant Mountain

Your itinerary: Taipei MRT Jiantan Station (Red Line) -> Bus 303 -> Pingjing St. Lane 42 cherry blossoms -> ride Bus 303 again -> get off at MRT Shilin Station stop -> Modern Toilet Shilin -> MRT CKS Memorial Hall Station -> explore Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall -> MRT Taipei 101 Station -> go to the Observatory -> eat at Din Tai Fung Taipei 101 Branch or if still have time hike Elephant Mountain.

4.3 JAN 18, 2024 to FEB 1, 2024: Taipei strawberry picking -> Pingjing St. Lane 42 cherry blossom viewing → National Palace Museum → Shilin Night Market

Strawberry picking bundled with cherry blossom viewing. I know you will enjoy harvesting fresh strawberries and putting them in your basket. I know one farm and it opens at 9:00 am every Saturday (The link for its exact location can be found on the summary table for the transportations for the suggested itineraries.) If you go on any other day, you might not be able to pick the fruits. I tried talking to other farmers and they have the same system: farms are open every Saturday and then close for the rest of the week to give time for the fruits to grow and mature.


by the nearest MRT Station:

a. MRT Shilin Station → Bus 303 → Pingjing St. Lane 42

b. MRT Shilin Station → Bus Red 30 → National Palace Museum

c. MRT Shilin Station → walk to Shilin Night market

d. MRT Neihu Station → Bus S2 → be at the strawberry farm at 9:00 am (every Saturday only)


Chinese New Year Holiday Departure schedule of Bus 303 from MRT Jiantan Station from Jan. 20 to 29
DateBus 303 departure times from MRT Jiantan Station
Jan. 205:30/6:30/7:40/8:40/9:40/11:10/12:10/13:10/14:40/15:40/17:10/20:40/22:40
Jan. 21 to 285:30/6:30/7:40/8:40/9:40/11:10/12:10/13:10/14:40/15:40/17:10/18:10/20:40/22:40

by day:

a. Sunday to Friday: Pingjing St. Lane 42 cherry blossom viewing → National Palae Museum → Shilin Night Market

b. Saturday only: strawberry picking at Neihu → Pingjing St. Lane 42 cherry blossom viewing → National Palace Museum → Shilin Night Market


by tripool taxi (not available from Feb. 11 to 16):

tripool taxi web app: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji

Suggested tripool taxi itinerary on visiting the Taipei strawberry farm, Pingjing St. Lane 42, National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market in one day. The strawberry farm opens its doors to tourists every Saturday at 9:00 am only. Adjust your pick-up times and the itinerary if you are planning to go from Sunday to Friday. The Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station is for reference only, you can type in the web app the hotel name of your choice. Users must also type the Chinese name of the strawberry farm in the web app.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1 or 248
Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
內湖草莓園
(the strawberry farm)
17 kms34 mins6046651,2768:00 am to 8:30 am
內湖草莓園
(the strawberry farm)
Lane 42, Pingjing Street11.3 kms28 mins5456001,21110:30 am to 11:00 am
Lane 42, Pingjing StreetNational Palace Museum8.7 kms18 mins4765241,1352:30 pm to 3:00 pm
National Palace MuseumShilin Night Market3.8 kms15 mins435 4781,0906:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Shilin Night MarketDiary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
8.6 kms19 mins4795271,1389:00 pm to 9:30 pm

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4.4 JAN 26, 2024 to FEB 2, 2024: Meteor Garden filming location and cherry blossom viewing [Tianyuan Temple-> Tamkang University -> Pingjing St. Lane 42]

Meteor Garden fans will be delighted to know that they don't have to go to Chiayi to feel again the magic of the famous Taiwanese drama. Tamkang University in Tamsui offers an alternative place to see one of the TV show's filming location. And with the blossoming of the cherry blossoms in Tianyuan Temple, visitors can just ride the low-floor buses going to the place from MRT Tamsui Station and have fun taking pictures with the tri-color sakura. If you're an F4 fan, you can also join Klook's Meteor Garden Sightseeing Tour. [Reserve here]


by the nearest MRT Station:

a. MRT Tamsui Station -> Bus 866,875,876,877 or F103 -> Tianyuan Temple

b. MRT Tamsui Station -> Bus Red 28 -> Tamkang University

c. MRT Shilin Station -> Bus 303 -> Pingjing St. Lane 42

4.5 JAN 28, 2024 to FEB 4, 2024: Taipei 1-Day Cherry Blossom Itinerary: Diary of Taipei Hotel (Ximen Station) -> Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall -> intersection of Songzhi Road and Songgao Road -> Taipei 101 Observatory -> LOHAS Park in Neihu -> Taipei Main Station -> Yangmingshan

Travelling only in Taipei? Don't have time to go to Wuling Farm? Don't worry because here is your suggested itinerary for your Taipei cherry blossom viewing trip. Designed for tourists visiting the capital between Feb. 11 to Feb. 25, you can now see the sakuras in the city. Gaze your eyes at Taipei 101 while looking at the cherry blossoms. Go to the pond area of the Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall and have some selfies with the kawazu sakura. The flowers at Yangmingshan Park are now open and they are increasing in numbers day by day, while LOHAS Park at Neihu District had been waiting for you a very long time. Mix and match these places, start either with Yangmingshan or check the LOHAS Park for a romantic cherry blossom night experience.


by nearest MRT Station:

MRT Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall Station (Blue Line) -> go to Exit 4 -> walk to the pond area -> the kawazu sakuras are in one corner of the park

MRT Taipei City Hall Station (Blue Line) -> go to Exit 2 -> Taipei City Hall Bus Station -> walk to the intersection of Songzhi Road and Songgao Road -> visit the Taipei 101 Observatory

MRT Donghu Station (Brown Line) -> walk to LOHAS Park

Taipei Main Station (Blue Line/Red Line) -> Bus 260 -> get off at the bus terminal -> transfer to the shuttle bus going to Yangmingshan Park.


by tripool taxi

tripool taxi web app:https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji

Suggested tripool taxi itinerary on visiting the cherry blossoms at Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall, LOHAS Park, Yangmingshan and near Taipei 101 (Citibank Department of Business Branch). The Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station is for reference only, you can type in the web app the hotel name of your choice. Check the traffic control dates at Yangmingshan on Section 4.4 before booking a tripool taxi ride.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1 or 248
Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
Yangmingshan Flower Clock19 kms42 mins6667331,3448:00 am to 8:30 am
Yangmingshan Flower ClockSun-yat Sen Memorial Hall21.6 kms43 mins6827501,36211:30 am to 12:00 noon
Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall StationCitibank Department of Business Branch
(Then go to the Taipei 101 Observatory after seeing the cherry blossoms near the Citibank building)
4.3 kms11 mins4164581,0701:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Taipei 101LOHAS Park9 kms17 mins4675141,1256:00 pm to 6:30 pm
LOHAS ParkDiary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
16.4 kms27 mins5606171,2288:30 pm to 9:00 pm
-TOTAL AMOUNTTOTAL NUMBER OF TRIPOOL TAXI HOURS
2,7913,0726,12913
BUDGET PER PERSON
1,396
(2 pax)
768766

4.6 JAN 28, 2024 to FEB 4, 2024: 1-Day Cherry Blossom Tour in Caopingtou: HSR Taichung -> tripool or Klook private car to Caopingtou Riverside Park -> hotel in Sun Moon Lake, Taichung or go to Taipei

See one of Taiwan's secret cherry blossom viewing spot, Caopingtou! Travel time from Taipei, via tripool taxi is 3.5 hours. To save some time, you can start your journey by boarding the HSR to Taichung and then transfer to a tripool car or Klook's private multi-city charter car.

If you do the HSR+tripool/private car method then you will reach Caopingtou in 2.5 hours. To book a tripool car to Caopingtou, type "Caopingtou Riverside Park as your destination". To go back to Taichung, Taipei or maybe you already plan to stay in Sun Moon Lake, make another tripool booking through the web app. Take note that during the Chinese New Year holidays, tripool will not be available, so you should get the Klook multi-city private charter car.


Caopingtou is located in a huge tea farm with lots of plum blossoms, peach blossoms, and cherry blossom trees scattered all over the place. Rather than visit Taipei and be disappointed by seeing a few sakura petals, why not visit Caopingtou and see a different side of Taiwan.

4.7 FEB 13, 2024 to FEB 20, 2024: adventure along the Taipei MRT Green Line: Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall cherry blossoms → Ximending shopping and graffitti appreciation → explore Yongkang Street → Bitan fountain show → Raohe Night Market

Travel along the MRT Green Line and see the tairyo cherry blossoms at Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall. Shop till you drop at Ximending and gaze your eyes at the colorful graffiti on its secret corners. Whether you just go for window shopping or art appreciation in Ximending, a visit in Taipei won't be complete without a gastronomic adventure in Yongkang Street via Dongmen Station. From beef noodles to shaved ice desserts, all of your cravings will be fulfilled here. At night, witness Bitan's fountain before you go to Raohe Night Market to buy some food for your midnight snacks.


by the MRT Green Line

MRT CKS Memorial Hall Station → Exit 5 → walk to the back portion of the CKS Memorial Hall to see the tairyo cherry blossoms

MRT Ximen Station → Exit 6 → walk along the street

MRT Dongmen Station → Exit 5 → walk along Yongkang Street

MRT Bitan Station → walk to the riverside, no need to cross the bridge to see the fountain show

MRT Songshan Station → Exit 1 → walk to Raohe Night Market

4.8 FEB 16, 2024 to MAR 2, 2024: Tai'an Police Station cherry blossoms and Taichung city tour: HSR Taichung Station → Tai'an Police Station → Zhongshe Flower Market → Gaomei Wetlands → Miyahara -> HSR Taichung Station

Much to the delight of visitors who want to see the cherry blossoms at the Tai'an Police Station, and explore Central Taiwan's famous tourist attractions like Gaomei Wetlands and the ongoing Taichung World Flora Exposition, you can now have a wonderful and hassle-free trip in Taichung with tripool taxi. Don't waste your time walking for 3 kilometers from the police station to Zhongshe Flower Farm, book your ride now and arrive on time at the sightseeing farm. The sunset at Gaomei Wetlands happens around 10 minutes before or after 6:00 pm, so it's better to leave Houli Station at 3:30 pm and still have some time to dip your feet and feel the cool waters of Taichung's coast. Before you leave city and board the HSR train back to Taipei, check the Miyahara ice cream shop and have fun taking pictures imagining like you are inside a magical world.



Suggested tripool taxi itinerary on seeing the cherry blossoms at Tai'an Police Station and then visiting the Zhongshe Flower Farm, the Taichung World Flora Exposition at Houli Station, Gaomei Wetlands and Miyahara. If you want to follow this itinerary, you should make 6 separate bookings in the tripool web app for each pick-up point - drop-off point pair.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1,2,3 or 48
Taichung HSR StationTai'an Police Station33.6 kms35 mins6651,2597:30 am to 8:00 am
Tai'an Police StationChungshe Tourism Flower Market2.7 kms6 mins4759399:30 am to 10:00 am
Chungshe Tourism Flower MarketHouli Station4.2 kms10 mins4999861:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Houli StationGaomei Wetlands24.9 kms30 mins6461,2403:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Gaomei WetlandsMiyahara37.8 kms46 mins8021,4736:30 pm to 7:00 pm
MiyaharaTaichung HSR Station8.4 kms20 mins4919858:30 pm to 9:00 pm
-TOTAL AMOUNTTOTAL NUMBER OF TRIPOOL TAXI HOURS
3,5786,88213.5
BUDGET PER PERSON
1,789
(2 pax)
1,193
(3 pax)
895
(4 pax)
860
(8 pax)

4.9 FEB 18, 2024 to MAR 20, 2024: Yangmingshan cherry blossom season

To ease congestion on the roads leading to Yangmingshan National Park, traffic control will be implemented on weekends and during the 228 holiday season. Visitors wishing to see the cherry blossoms at Yangming Park are advised to board the public bases from specific MRT Station along the Red Line. For those who prefer to visit the park by taxi or private cars, I suggest visiting the park during weekdays. If you are going to visit on weekends, expect large crowds of people to join you in your cherry blossom hunting.


When will be the traffic control at Yangmingshan be implemented?
MonthDates
February16-17 (Sat and Sun), 24 (Sun) and 28 (Thu)
March1-3 (Fri, Sat and Sun, 9-10 (Sat and Sun), 16-17 (Sat and Sun)

Bus numbers and MRT stations (Red Line) to remember during the entire Yangmingshan cherry blossom festival
MRT StationExitBus #
Taipei Main StationTaipei Main Station North 2 Exit or Y6260
Jiantan StationExit 1260, 303, R5, S15, 111, 127
Shilin StationExit 1 then wait for the bus at Zhongzheng Road
Shipai StationExit 1 then wait for the bus in front of KFCS8 and 128
Beitou Station-S9, S25, and 129

4.10 FEB 18, 2024 to MAR 4, 2024: Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village cherry blossom festival

The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan. Most of the sakuras there are not the pink type but rather the reddish yaesakura variety. It's the multi-petalled cherry blossom that during its peak of flowering, showers the entire theme park with happiness. Hop into one of the cable cars of the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway and have a thrilling ride as you travel from Ita Thao to the entrance of the tourist spot. Look outside the windows as you fly, and gaze your eyes to the mystical pink forest down below that are composed of the cherry blossom trees.



Tickets for the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village Cherry Blossom Festival
Where to buyPricePackage includesNotes
kkday
online >>
NTD 650entrance ticket to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture VillageNo refund or exchange allowed for this product
klook
online >>
NTD 1,800

1. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village tickets

2. Sun Moon Lake Ropeway ride

3. hotel pick up in any Taichung downtown hotels

check availability >>

4. insurance

1. Package does not include lunch.

2. Choose from any of a Chinese, English or Japanese-speaking tour guide

3. You must get at least two tickets to be able to book

4.11 FEB 26, 2024 to MAR 7, 2024: Taipei Tulips Festival → Yangmingshan → Beitou hot springs → Shilin Night Market

The annual Tulips Festival at Taipei's Shilin Official Residence had its kick off last Feb. 21 and will run until March 3. Visitors planning to see Yangmingshan Park for cherry blossom viewing, can make a stop first at MRT Shilin Station, for a short walk to the former mansion and garden complex of Chiang-kai Shek. A variety of tulips await tourists this year with an indoor visit of Taiwan's amazing orchids. The best part of this flower show is that ADMISSION IS FREE! So hurry before the tulips are gone.


by MRT:

MRT Shilin Station (Red Line) → walk 300 meters to Shilin Official Residence

MRT Shilin Station (Red Line) → Bus R5, 303, 260 → transfer to Bus 125,128,129,131,S8,S9,260 Flower Clock at Yangmingshan Bus Terminal to get to Yangmingshan Park

MRT Beitou Station (Red Line) → MRT Xinbeitou Station → choose your own hot spring hotel

MRT Jiantan Station (Red Line) / MRT Shilin Station (Red Line) → walk to the Shilin Night Market


4.12 FEB 26, 2024 to MAR 7, 2024: Lalashan Loving Farm cherry blossoms

How to go to Loving Farm in Lalashan area of Taoyuan? The answer is simple. Just book a car with tripool taxi. You can start your journey either from the Taoyuan Airport, Ximending or HSR Taoyuan Station. For the best experience, type the English name or Chinese name of your hotel in the web app and use it as your pick-up point. Entrance tickets to Loving Farm cost NTD 100.

4.13 FEB 28, 2024 to MAR 7, 2024: enjoy cherry blossoms at Cingjing Farm, itinerary: Taipei to Cingjing Farm or HSR Taichung Station to Cingjing Farm

If you find it difficult to get tickets to Wuling Farm, then don't worry because Cingjing Farm is another great choice to see cherry blossoms. And if you're lazy enough to transfer from bus to another bus or from train to bus, then book a trip to Cingjing Farm from Taipei or Taichung via tripool taxi.

If you're going to Cinging Farm as a group of 4 people, the amount that you will spend in taking the HSR to Taichung then hiring a taxi or riding the bus twice will be the same if you book a tripool car.

4.14 APRIL 1, 2024 to APRIL 10, 2024 (Check the LATEST UPDATE table before you make a booking!): explosive Taipei cherry blossoms tour: Diary of Taipei Hotel (Ximen Station) -> Tianyuan Temple -> Sanzhi Sansei Trail -> Orange Cafe restaurant -> Dongfang Temple -> Shilin Night Market -> Diary of Taipei Hotel (Ximen Station)

Travel on a tripool taxi car to see the explosion of yoshino sakura in Tianyuan Temple and nearby cherry blossom spots. Don't waste your time waiting for the bus. Visit each place at ease, hop-on and hop off at a tripool taxi car and experience having your own personal driver for a day.


With the exception of Orange Cafe restaurant (the staff also limits the number of people who can enter the garden), all of the cherry blossom spots listed on the tripool taxi below are free to enter. Orange Cafe charges NTD 100 per person for the entrance ticket. If the queue is too long, visitors can make a leisurely stroll to Neicou Stream Trail as an alternative. Book a trip during weekdays and non-holidays in Taiwan to avoid the large crowd that will spoil your cherry blossom viewing adventure.


Suggested tripool taxi itinerary on seeing the cherry blossoms at Tianyuan Temple, Sanzhi Sansei Trail, Orange Cafe restaurant and Dongfang Temple, with a final stop at Shilin Night Market before going back to Diary of Taipei - Ximending hostel. If you want to follow this itinerary, you should make 6 separate bookings in the tripool web app for each pick-up point - drop-off point pair. The Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station is for reference only, you can type in the web app the hotel name of your choice.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1,2,3 or 48
Diary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
Tianyuan Temple24.3 kms44 mins6581,2807:30 am to 8:00 am
Tianyuan TempleSanzhi Sansei Trail (三生步道)*
13.6 kms22 mins6531,28011:00 am to 11:30 am
Sanzhi Sansei Trail (三生步道)*Orange 橘咖啡 - 用餐預約*
34.7 kms1 hr 10 mins1,1822,0771:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Orange 橘咖啡 - 用餐預約*Dongfang Temple6.7 kms16 mins4919863:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Dongfang TempleShilin Night Market7.2 kms19 mins5071,0185:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Shilin Night MarketDiary of Taipei Hotel - Ximen Station
Check availability >>
8.6 kms19 mins4589258:30 pm to 9:00 pm
-TOTAL AMOUNTTOTAL NUMBER OF TRIPOOL TAXI HOURS
3,9767,56613.5
BUDGET PER PERSON
1,988
(2 pax)
1,325
(3 pax)
994
(4 pax)
946
(8 pax)

*Note: For Sanzhi Sansei Trail and Orange Cafe, the names of the places in the web app are in Chinese. If you can't write Chinese, just copy the word from the given text box. If you're using a desktop or laptop computer, highlight the word then press CTRL-C to copy and CTRL-V to paste. For smartphone users, make a long tap first on the text box, then use the "cursors" to highlight the Chinese word and then copy.

4.15 Classic Taichung 1-Day Itinerary: HSR Taichung Station -> Chungshe Tourism Flower Market -> Xinshe Castle -> Rainbow Village -> Miyahara -> HSR Taichung Station

Taichung is an emerging cherry blossom viewing spot in Taiwan. It is no wonder that people who visit Taipei will also want to see the biggest city in Central Taiwan. After getting off from the HSR Taichung Station, tourists will ride the local trains of the TRA to get to downtown or board a taxi to take them to the popular tourist attractions. Locals rely on public buses to reach the different corners of Taichung so travelling here is a bit difficult. Unlike Taipei which has a vast of network of MRT lines, Taichung is still on a construction phase of its own MRT network. So, international visitors will have to ride taxis to maximize their time here.

There are a plethora of yellow cabs offering their services to tourists ranging from NTD 3,500 to NTD 5,000 for an 8-hour day tour, but tripool taxi gives its prospective customers more flexibility and a cheaper price with no hidden charges. Thanks to its through its easy to use web app. Take a look at the suggested 1-day itinerary table below. Top attractions like the Xinshe Castle, Zhongshe Sightseeing Flower Market and Rainbow Village are included.



Suggested tripool taxi itinerary for a 1-day Taichung tour. The trip will start and end at HSR Taichung Station and the following places will be visited along the way: Chungshe Tourism Flower Market, Xinshe Castle, Rainbow Village, Miyahara. Prospective passengers must make five separate bookings in the web app for each pick-up point - drop-off point pair.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1 or 248
Taichung HSR StationChungshe Tourism Flower Market31.4 kms30 mins6477121,3237:30 am to 8:00 am
Chungshe Tourism Flower MarketXinshe Castle32.1 kms45 mins7448191,43012 noon to 12:30 pm
Xinshe CastleRainbow Village30.5 kms40 mins7057761,3873:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Rainbow VillageMiyahara10.2 kms25 mins5215731,1846:00 pm to 6:30 pm
MiyaharaTaichung HSR Station8.4 kms20 mins4815291,1418:00 pm to 8:30 pm
-TOTAL AMOUNTTOTAL NUMBER OF TRIPOOL TAXI HOURS
3,0983,4096,46513
BUDGET PER PERSON
1,549
(2 pax)
852808

4.16 Summary of transportation options for all the cherry blossom viewing suggested itineraries

The table below is the summary of all the transportation options for the suggested itineraries that I have listed above. Expect the table to grow as more sakuras blosssom around Taiwan.

Names of tourist attractions, bus numbers and bus stops for all the cherry blossom viewing suggested itineraries
Destination/Name of tourist attractionNearest MRT stationBus numberbus stop name and locationWhere to get off
Pingjing St. Lane 42
[Google Map]
MRT Shilin Station
(Red Line)
303Shilin District Farmers Association
[Google Map]
Lunziwei stop
[GoogleMap]
National Palace Museum
[Google Map]
Red 30Shilin Station (Zhongzheng)
[Google Map]
National Palace Museum stop
[Google Map]
Shilin Night Market
[Google Map]
just walk
-
-
Taipei strawberry farm
[Google Map]
MRT Neihu Station
(Brown Line)
S2Bihu Elementary School
[Google Map]
Sightseeing Strawberry Park
(觀光草莓園)
[Google Map]
Tianyuan Temple backyard
[Google Map]
MRT Tamsui Station
(Red Line)
Bus 866,875,876,877 or F103Tamsui Station
[Google Map]
Tianyuan Temple (天元宮)
[Google Map]
Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall
[Google Map]
MRT Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall Station Exit 4
(Blue Line)
just walk--
LOHAS Park in Neihu
[Google Map]
MRT Donghu Station Exit 3
(Brown Line)
just walk--
Neihu Creek Trail
[Google Map]

5. TAIWAN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Here are the essential things you need to get if you are travelling in Taiwan not just during the cherry blossom season but also throughout the year.

5.1 4G WiFi internet

A hot item in Klook is the 4G WiFi internet. You need to have access to Google Maps to find your way and use Google Translate if you can't speak or read Chinese. I know there is free WiFi in Taipe's bus stops and train stations but there are places that you have public access to the interent, so it's better to get one than be sorry.

5.2 EasyCard

EasyCard is a must when you visit Taiwan. This is the equivalent of Hong Kong's Octopus Card and Japan's Suica card. Choose the one with the load of NTD 200. Do you need to get the 1-Day Pass or the other day passes? The answer is no. In my experience, it's hard to break even with a MRT 1-Day Pass. To get the most benefit of an MRT 1-Day Pass, you will need to start early at 6:00 am until the MRT closes at midnight. If you can't do these, just get an EasyCard and load some money on it.

5.3 Taoyuan Airport MRT ticket

If you want to experience riding Taoyuan Airport MRT, don't forget to reserver you ticket. You can actually use your EasyCard to pay the fare at the Airport MRT, but with Klook the Airport MRT ticket comes with a shopping coupon which makes it enticing to get. If you're going to your hotel after your arrival, via tripool taxi or other private car, then you will use the Airport MRT ticket when it's time to go back to your home country. So it's still ok to get one.

5.4 Taoyuan Airport to Taipei private transfer

How to go to Taipei from Taoyuan Airport? There are four ways: ride Airport MRT, ride tripool taxi, ride the bus to Taipei or board a private car via Klook. The most common method is to ride the bus to Taipei. At the bus station in Taoyuan Airport, there is a ticketing office where you can buy tickets to Taipei Main Station and other places in Taipei like the Nangang Exhibition Center. Thanks to Klook, you can now get your bus tickets to Taipei online.

If you're more comfortable to have your own driver to get to Taipei, then you can reserve one via Klook.

Tripool taxi can also take you to your hotel or minsu located on any place on Taiwan. Going to Sun Moon Lake? Cingjing Farm? Alishan? Name it, they have it! Just use the web app, type name of your hotel as your drop-off point and for the pick-up point type "TPE" for Taoyuan Airport. The Chinese version of the web app shows 24 hour service and users from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia will find this very useful.


If you're going to compute the fare in going to Sun Moon Lake or Cingjing Farm, you will be surprised that it's more cheaper and efficient to ride tripool taxi, than buy HSR tickets then transfer to bus or taxi will all of your luggages.

5.5 HSR tickets to or from Taipei

Experience riding the bullet train in Taiwan at a fraction of what you will spend for the Japan Rail Pass. If you're going to explore dowtown Taichung and Kaohsiung, then you definitely need to get this.

6. 1-DAY TOURS IN TAIPEI/FROM TAIPEI

Here are the popular 1-day tours in Taipei or from Taipei that will help you in your itinerary planning. Just mix and match any of these Klook tours plus some of the trips in the SUGGESTED ITINERARY section and you can create your own version of a 3-day,5-day or 7-day tour in Taipei.

6.1 Shifen-Yehliu-Jiufen tour from Ximending

Gone are the days that people have go DIY just to see Yehliu, Jiufen and Shifen in just one day. Just follow the schedule and instructions of the tour conductor and you will see these three places without the hassle and stress.

6.2 Taipei Double Decker Bus Tour/Taipei Hop-On Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus

One of the popular sightseeing tours in Taipie via Klook. If you board this bus, you will be able to visit all the important attractions in Taipei City like the National Palace Museum, Longshan Temple, Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall and many more. Although the Taipei MRT and buses can take you to these places, it's still different when you see Taipei 101 while sitting on the double-decker. It gets larger and larger as the vehicle gets closer to the former tallest building in the world.

6.3 Yangmingshan and Beitou Tour

A day tour in Beitou and Yangmingshan made easy. This is a great package! Unless you want to wait for the public bus just to get to the next important attraction in Yangmingshan.

6.4 Leofoo Village from Ximending

A shared transfer to Leofoo Village theme park plus entrance ticket to the amusement park. A lot of people book this package because the tour starts at Ximending where most visitors stay. If you do DIY, you will experience a joining a very long queue, when it's time for you to return to Taipei from Leofoo Village. Been there, done that!

6.5 Meteor Garden tour in Taipei/to Chiayi

A popular tour for Filipinos especially those die-hard fans of the F4, Barbie Hsu and the drama itself. The luomujie blog had already featured three Meteor Garden schools and this tour package covers two of them namely: Tamkang University and National Chung Cheng University. A visit at PS Bubu is also bundled on the Taipei package. I recommend getting the Chiayi tour although going there by tripool taxi from Taipei can be cheaper plus the liberty to explore every corner of NCCU campus.

6.6 Taichung day tour from Taipei

A tour package that lets you visit the famous attractions in Taichung like the Gaomei Wetlands and Rainbow Village and back to Taipei on the same day. Considering that Taichung don't have an extensive MRT system like in Taipei, going to one tourist attraction means riding a bus that will eat a lot of time. So get this tour for your own convenience.

7. SAKURA MAP OF TAIWAN

To help sakura chasers find their way to the cherry blossom trees, I have created this sakura map together with other tourist attractions and maple viewing locations in Taiwan. All the points in the map whether its a maple, sakura or plain tourist attraction are the places that I have visited personally. This map will be a big help to you, especially if you got lost in the mountains. Just open the map in your smartphone through Google Maps or Chrome and you will know how far you are from the cherry blossom spots. There are links on each sakura point and they will bring you back to each specific topic of this ultimate Taiwan cherry blossom guide.


8. TOP 10 PLACES TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN TAIWAN

8.1 Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms

Every year, the highlight of the Sakura Series is a visit to Wuling Farm. The home of Taiwan's landlocked salmon is also a paradise of thousands of cherry blossom trees. If you really want to see a massive number of blossoming sakura in Taiwan, then Wuling Farm is the place to you need to go.  But before you get too excited and see to this place, let me tell you a few things about the Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival.


1. There is an official period for celebrating the cherry blossom festival.    For 2024 it will happen from Feb. 8 to Feb. 29. During this period, there will be traffic control and lots of public buses will bring people to Wuling Farm, and back to Taipei or Yilan on the same day.  By the way, the farm is located in Taichung City's Heping District.  Look at the image below and assess yourself if you can travel for 4 hours just to reach the farm.

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms

Havinng been to Wuling Farm many times. I was even able to camp there! I have discovered that it is possible to ride the buses coming from Yilan and return on the same day. But there is a caveat! You won't be able to see all the sakura trees in the scenic area. You can only roam around the parks in front of the Visitor Information Center.


If you board Bus 1751 and 1764 at Yilan Transfer Station, you will arrive in Wuling Farm after 3 hours. These vehicles will return to Wuling Farm to fetch passengers at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. So it is possible to wander in the farm from maybe 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Three hours for a budget travel. Not that bad! I highly recommended doing this technique during the off-season. Ex. maple/autumn season. There are just too many people during the sakura festival. It will be difficult to get seats especially on weekends and holidays.


Travelling on a group? I suggests boarding tripool taxi so you can maximize your stay in the park. This private car service is perfect for visitors travelling with a baby, elderly or groups of people who are not comfortable riding buses that are full of passengers.


Yilan to Wuling Farm Bus 1751, Bus 1764 and Bus 6508 departure schedules
Bus #Departure pointDeparture timesExpected arrival time in Wuling FarmOperationsFare (NTD)
1751Yilan Transfer Station7:2910:29MWTHFSatSun303
7:3010:30Tues
12:4015:40daily
1764Luodong Bus Station7:0010:00310
6508Lishan17:0018:0082


Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Wuling Farm. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi (NTD)
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationWuling Farm152.6 kms3 hrs 9 mins4,0924,2964,5015,612
MRT Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center140.8 kms2 hrs 58 mins3,7773,9664,1555,199
Taichung HSR Station170.6 kms4 hrs 7 mins5,6915,9766,2607,708
Taichung TRA Station169.8 kms4 hrs 13 mins5,8766,1706,4637,948
Cingjing Guest House86.5 kms2 hrs 42 mins3,2673,4313,5944,546
Yilan Station94.1 kms2 hrs 25 mins2,8643,0073,1504,003
Hualien Station149 kms4 hrs 16 mins5,9986,2986,5988,103

2. There is a limit on the number of people that can visit Wuling Farm everyday during the cherry blossom season. For people coming from Taipei only 2,000 sakura fans can join the fun and I was one of the lucky people that were able to see the cherry blossoms. I bought the round trip ticket at Taipei City Hall Bus Station for a price of NTD 730, a night before my trip. The ticket also includes the entrance fee to Wuling Farm. This is Taiwan's way of controlling the number of people visiting the farm which I found to be very effective.





Comparison of bus ticket prices going to Wuling Farm (WF) during the cherry blossom festival
Where to buy ticketsnearest MRT/TRA Station to the bus terminalBus CompanyRoundtrip
ticket
(NTD)
Daily limitOutbound departure timeReturn departure time from WFWhere to find the bus for the return tripPre-sale
mode
Refund Information
Full
fare
Half-
fare
Taipei Main Station*meetup
at
Taipei Main
Station East
Exit 3
7:15 am
1. 1,370 (Chinese-speaking guide)
2. 1,550 (Chinese-speaking guide
depends on
availability of slots
07301400confirm with
the bus
driver on
where to
wait for
the bus
online >> via klookFull refunds
can be awarded
for requests
made at least
72 hours
before the
activity
1. 1,365 (weekdays)
2. 1,600 (weekends)
online >> via kkdayNo refund
within 3 days
before the
activity
Taipei
Bus
Station
Guoguang Bus7304501,0000500-07001300-1500Visitor Information Center Parking LotPre-selling of tickets
started on Jan. 15, 2024
It can be bought from the kiosks in 7-eleven
,Family Mart and Hi-Life convenience stores.
A maximum of 4 tickets can be bought by one person.
For Taipei City Hall Bus Station, selling of tickets started on Jan. 15, 2024, to open every 2:30 pm.
Refund location:
1. Taipei Guoguang Bus Station
(beside Exit M2 of Taipei Main Station)
2. Taipei City Hall
Bus Station
3. Yilan Transfer
Station
Guoguang Bus
counter
4. Refund time:
at least
30 minutes
before departure
Taipei
City
Hall
Bus Station
MRT Taipei City Hall StationGuoguang Bus and Capital Bus1,0001. Visitor
Information
Center
Parking Lot
2. First
Parking
Lot
Yilan
Transfer
Station
TRA Yilan StationGuoguang Bus6103104000700-08001400-1500First
Parking
Lot
Datong-500260300
Sanxing
Sports
Complex
5202803000800-08301430-1500
Lishan
bus
stop
BBCA Passenger Bus160802000700
0900
1300
1130
1430
1730
Heritage
Park
Tickets can be bought
at Lishan Visitor Center
from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the night before the departure
[Date: Jan. 15, 2024]
Lishan Visitor Center, 30 minutes before departure

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms
My roundtrip Taipei City Hall Bus Station - Wuling Farm ticket
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Tickets can also be bought at the designated bus counters at Taipei Bus Station and also at Yilan Rail Transfer Station. One should take note, to buy the tickets as early as possible because of the large number of people who wants to visit Wuling Farm during the festival period. Tickets can also be bought at convenience stores which I didn't do because I can't read Chinese. For a non-Mandarin speaker, it was better for me to just buy the tickets at the bus station and tell the lady at the counter 'Wuling Farm'. I was given the 7:00 am ticket and I was told to be in the Platform 16 of the Taipei City Hall Bus Station at 6:50 am. Take note of your seat number, and before boarding the bus I was given a card with a 16:00 written on it. This is the return time of the bus at Wuling Farm. You will need to present this card before you enter the bus again and sit on the same seat during the return trip.


3. Snow has a bad effect on the blooming of the cherry blossoms. When it snows, cherry blossoms buds can experience frostbite and will not flower anymore. A lot of people are delighted whenever it is snowing in Taiwan, but little that they know that it's not good to the island's agriculture and also to the cherry blossom trees.

In the past, lots of people had become disappointed because they saw less cherry blossom flowers after it had snowed. Based on my research, when there is an El Niño phenomenon, anticipate few pink petals of the sakura.


4. On rare occasions, Wuling Farm can extend the official cherry blossom to March. Well, it all depends on the current flowering situation. When is the best time to see the cherry blossoms at Wuling Farm? It is Feb. 20. On my first trip, I was not convinced of the photos that I saw in Wuling Farm's facebook page. The weather was abnormal during those times. So I decided to visit the farm on Feb. 28 which happened to be a good day to see cherry blossoms. The sun was up with the freezing wind to cool the visitors. The cherry blossoms actually started to blossom around Feb. 20 and the flowers would last 8 to 10 days. Really possible to extend the festival period until March.


Give plus or minus 7 days from Feb. 20. That's the usual range to see the sakura at Wuling Farm. Based on historical records, Feb. 20 is the optimal time to go to Wuling Farm. Expect a delay or early blooming during abnormal weather conditions (ex. snow,drought) like during my very first trip to the farm which happened on Feb. 28.


5. It took 4 hours to reach Wuling Farm from Taipei City Hall Bus Station. There is a toilet break so you don't have to worry if you experience a call of nature, but remember to memorize the plate number of your bus. There might be 10 to 15 buses park at the same time during the break and they all look the same. To be safe, I took a photo of its plate number. Visitors must also bring their own food. I brought bread and water as my lunch and snacks.When I was already wandering in the farm, I heard a woman selling a lunch box and I bought it for NTD 100. Haha! It was really a lucky day. There are also restaurants inside Wuling Farm but you need to walk for a long distance.

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms

6. There is a standard cherry blossom viewing route in Wuling Farm. It starts from where the bus would drop you off which is the peach farm area, and visitors will have to walk back to the parking lot (the bus will bypass this area!) to board the same bus for the return trip. As you walk along Wuling Road, you will be mesmerized by thousands of pink flowers.

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms

This is what happened during my first visit in Wuling Farm: The bus entered the scenic area and I was expecting it to stop at the Wuling Farm bus stop. It went inside deeper into the farm and it made its final stop at the Peach Garden where all the passengers alighted. After that the bus went directly to the other end of the farm. While I was already taking a lot of photos along the road I suddenly saw my bus through its plate number, and it was already going in the opposite direction. All buses will have to make a U-turn at the end of the Wuling Road, and will wait at First Parking Lot near the Sheipa Pa National Park Wuling Farm Visitor Information Center.

Wuling Farm cherry blossoms
7.  After getting off the bus, start your sakura adventure at the Peach Garden. I decided to go into the direction where my bus, until I saw see a large number of cherry blossom trees. Most visitors also walked along the Wuling Road.  Along the way, you might even see the Wuling Farm sightseeing bus. This vehicle is for roaming around the entire farm.  Usually, visitors staying overnight avail of this service. 

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8.  Sometimes, Wuling Road have restricted areas that visitors will have to make short ride on a bus.  I was actually going to the Tea Garden Trail and the guy told me something in Chinese and I heard him mentioned the word 'cha'. I eventually got what he wanted to say so I joined the long queue. He speaks a little English but thanks to my research about the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Wuling Farm, I already have an idea of what he was trying to say.  After waiting for a few minutes, a big bus came and tourists enjoyed a two minute ride to the entrance of the Tea Garden Trail. 'Cha' actually means "tea" in English.
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9. The Tea Garden Trail is a short path but it will give you fantastic views of the other cherry blossom trees in Wuling Farm. There was a pagoda on a top of the hill and visitors also has a chance to see the entire tea plantation. The Tea Garden Trail is one of the best places to see the pink flowers in Wuling Farm.
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Tea Garden Trail
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10.  You will need to walk for 15 minutes from the entrance of the Tea Garden Trail to reach the parking area, where there lots of Guoguang buses are waiting for their passengers. The parking lot of the Sheipa National Park Wuling Farm Visitor Information Center has a cherry blossom forest which hides another big parking space. My Capital Tour bus was actually parked there and the English speaking staff of Wuling Farm who were handling the traffic gave me simple instructions to see my bus. It was really helpful that I photo of its plate number.

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Taiwan's snow mountain
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My first visit to Wuling Farm was successful and I'm always wishing to go back to here again. After the trip, I told everyone the joy I had when I saw the cherry blossoms in Wuling Farm. Haha!

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Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival with friends
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Wuling Farm. The luomujie blog's top pick for cherry blossom in Taiwan is here again in the Sakura Series. Having visited the place twice made it easier for me to invite past Travel Buddies who had been missing in action for years. They were Robert and Sanjoy and the two were very excited to see the recreational farm for the first time.

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On my first trip, I made a travelogue on what to do and what to expect in Wuling Farm.  It fueled the interest of my readers especially Filipinos who are dying to see the beautiful flowers of the Wuling cherry.  A lot of them raised questions about how to get tickets.  Since I live here in my beloved Taiwan, it was easy for me to go to Taipei City Hall Bus Station and buy three tickets.   The price of NTD 730 was very cheap on Taiwanese standards which includes the roundtrip fare to Wuling Farm from Taipei and its entrance fee.
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Travel Buddy Robert (left) and Travel Buddy Sanjoy (right)

The technique that I have mentioned is only valid for those people who are living in Taiwan. Those who need to enter Taiwan first will have to get tickets from travel agencies, in which the ticket prices have been doubled or sometimes more. Unless you know someone in Taipei, then your friend can buy you the ticket before you arrive on this country.

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Visitors can also get the tickets in 7-eleven but I bet that you won't like the travel dates that their kiosk would offer. The freedom to choose the travel dates will always be at the designated ticketing centers like Taipei Bus Station, Taipei City Hall Bus Station, and Yilan Transfer Station. The 6,000 daily visitor limit has been distributed well among bus companies and visitors must take advantage of the good weather when choosing the right date to see the farm.

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February 17 was the perfect day to have the adventure. The Central Weather Bureau's forecast on that day says that it would be sunny. At 60-70% of blooming status, the flowers will look fresh under the blue sky. A cold front was predicted to pass Taiwan after February 20 bringing rain and strong wind that can blow away the precious petals of the cherry blossoms so Feb. 17 was a very good choice.

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My Travel Buddies and I did not have enough sleep just to be Taipei City Hall Bus Station early in the morning. Our bus left Taipei at 6:15 am and traffic in the mountains delayed our arrival by 15 minutes. The four-hour travel to the Wuling Farm was worth it, although I have observed some changes with regards to this year's festival.

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The official visiting period of Feb. 16 to 25 was shorter compared to the previous editions. Last year, the blossoming of the flowers was very early so the traffic restrictions in the farm happened at the start of February. The recent snowfall around the dates of Feb. 4 or 5 caused a dilemma for sakura fans. Many feared that the buds that are just starting to appear would die due to frostbite. And they did!

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As expected, the flowers were less compared to last year. We can't do anything about that because everything is in the hands of the Taiwan gods. Snow brings a bundle of joy to Taiwan but not to the cherry blossoms. I am hopeful that next year Taiwan's top cherry blossom viewing spot will be beautiful again. See you again Wuling Farm for another round of the Sakura Series next year.

8.2 Forest Hill Farm cherry blossoms

There is a mini-Wuling Farm in the mountains of Hsinchu. A hidden paradise, secluded from the hustle and bustle of Taipei. How can people not miss seeing the cherry blossoms here? You will enjoy taking selfies with the sakura flowers that are in full bloom. While people go crazy chasing tickets for the Wuling Farm cherry blossom festival, the Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm can be a perfect escape from the crowds. The only problem is how to get here.

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Unfortunately, there is no public transportation that will take you directly to this place. So how did I get to Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm? The answer is simple. I booked a tripool taxi car. Just go to the link, and see their rates for Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm, from you hotel in Ximending. You will arrived at the farm, without getting stressed of planing a local train ride from Taipei to Hsinchu, then transfering to a taxi. Travelling via tripool is so convenient, that what you just need to do is to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Don't forget to book a return trip. With my experience in visiting Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm via tripool, the driver dropped me off at the resort, and then left. The car returned to the parking lot on the agreed pick-up time. Well of course, you can have an arrangement with tripool. For example, you plan to bring your luggages, and then for a return trip, instead of returning to Taipei, you will go to Taichung.

On the tripool web app, type the Chinese word for Forest Hill Farm. If you can't write Chinese, just copy the word from the text box below. If you're using a desktop or laptop computer, highlight the word then press CTRL-C to copy and CTRL-V to paste. For smartphone users, make a long tap first on the text box, then use the "cursors" to highlight the Chinese word and then copy.


Forest Hill Farm cherry blossoms

Entrance tickets at the farm costs NTD 200. But don't worry, there are is no daily quota for the tickets. So the only thing you will have to worry is your transportation to the resort. Food is also not a problem. Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm has a restaurant, and you can order lunch. But during my visit, there was a time for ordering lunch. So you cannot come just to the restaurant at 3 pm, and say you're hungry and you want to eat. To be safe, go to the restaurant to order when the time is 11:30 am.

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The resort is not that big. But there is a bit of hiking. Be careful when walking down on the slope! If you love taking pictures, I recommend to 2 to 3 hours to explore the place.

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Because the cherry blossom season of Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm is also the fog season, a layer of white smoke would sometimes cover the entire place, giving the farm a surreal feeling. The fog would disapper quickly depending on the wind directions.

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There is nothing much to do at Hsinchu Forest Hill Farm aside from cherry blossom viewing, but your hearts will be filled with happiness when you go home.


8.3 Fushoushan Farm cherry blossoms

Fushoushan Farm cherry blossoms

No words can describe how beautiful the cherry blossoms are at Fushoushan Farm. I highly recommend visiting this place during the sakura season. Wuling Farm will always be the top cherry blossom viewing spot in Taiwan, but Fushoushan Farm can be called its rival. But unlike the former with its kilometers of walkway filled with sakura trees, the latter has cherry blossom trees that are located on a garden.


Control your emotions as you scroll down on my blog. The scenery was so beautiful when I went here. It was full bloom!

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I know you are excited to have your photos taken with the pink petals of the sakura here. Yes, Fushoushan Farm is now one of the top cherry blossom viewing spot in Taiwan. But you will have to stay in Lishan area for at least a day, unless you book your own transport service. If you do that, you will be ok visiting the farm in just one day.


Fushoushan Farm is one hour away from Wuling Farm, so imagine a 5-hour travel from Taipei. If you boarded the bus from Yilan, it would drop you off at its terminal at Lishan bus station. And then you will need to transfer to Bus 866 to reach Fushoushan Farm. To know more about how to go to this place, check my "Fushoushan Farm (福壽山農場) - How to go, tips and tricks travel guide. I made a detailed blog post on how to reach Fushoushan Farm.

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The bus stop here is at Qianyingyuan (千櫻園) [Google Map] and there was no entrance fee during my visit. I entered the garden and started taking photos of myself. There are a variety of flowers to see here during spring, and the blossoming of the pink lady cherry blossoms, is the bestseller of the Fushoushan Farm sakura garden. The pink lady sakuras are the same type of flowers that are seen at Wuling Farm in February. In March, expect to see the Tokyo cherry blossoms. These are the sakuras that are seen in Alishan. In my opinion, Fushoushan Farm is a better place to see the Tokyo cherry blossom, than to Alishan.

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You won't be disappointed when you go here at Fushoushan Farm to see the cherry blossoms. Enjoy the flowers here while they last. To get the most out of your visit, always check the Latest Update section of this ultimate Taiwan Cherry Blossom guide. Watch out for the "Full Bloom" status for Fushoushan Farm and enjoy the explosion of pink petals.

8.4 Cingjing Farm Cherry Blossom Trail

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Transportation options to go to Cingjing Farm from Taipei or Taichung
RouteTour bus/
private car/
package tour
Pick-up pointComments
Taipei to Cingjing Taipei Main Station/
Ximending/
or any hotel in Taipei or New Taipei
*cheaper than Uber, no hidden charges
*No need to talk to the driver

*If 4 pax, NTD 4,706/4 = NTD 1,176.5, you will pay almost the same amount if you board the HSR to Taichung and did a shared transfer to Cingjing Farm.
The advantage of tripool taxi is you only make one ride to reach Cingjing Farm instead of switching from train to bus at downtown Taichung. Haha!
Taoyuan Airport to Cingjing Taoyuan Airport*Suggested tripool taxi itinerary: Taoyuan Airport -> Cingjing Farm (leave your luggages at the car then explore the farm)-> ride again tripool taxi to your Cingjing minsu
Taipei to HSR Taichung Station
Taipei Main Station
[Reserve your HSR ticket here]
*You still need to ride the shared transfer bus or shuttle service to get to Cingjing Farm
Taichung to Cingjing
TRA or HSR Taichung Station/
Fengchia Night Market/
Taichung airport/
Cingjing Farm/
Swiss Garden/
your minsu in Cingjing
*You still need to buy Cingjing Farm and Swiss Garden tickets

*You cannot be late! The shuttle bus will not wait for you.

*Taipei -> HSR Taichung (NTD 560) + this shared transfer ticket (NTD 485)+ Cingjing Farm ticket (NTD 160) = NTD 1,205
HSR Taichung Station/
Ubus Chaoma Station/
Ubus Zhonggang Bus Station
*The departure time of 13:25 is too early.
For your return trip, book the other shared transfer above, the NTD 485 Cingjing to Taichung
any hotel in Taichung/
TRA or HSR Taichung Station
*you're a joiner

*only need 1 traveller to book
Butler Hotel or any of the hotels in Taichung
TRA or HSR Taichung Station
*can choose Japanese, Chinese or English-speaking tour guide
TRA or HSR Taichung Station/
Fengchia Night Market McDonald's
*recommended for Chinese-speakers
*itinerary: Taichung -> Cingjing -> Cingjing Skywalk -> Sun Moon Lake -> return to Taichung
Sun Moon Lake to Cingjing/

Cingjing to Sun Moon Lake
Shuishe Visitor Center/
Sun Moon Lake or any of the hotels/guesthouse at Sun Moon Lake/
Swiss Garden/
your minsu at Cingjing
*fixed pick-up time/
*You cannot be late!
Taichung to Puli, then Puli to Cingjingbus to Puli Station from Taichung, then transfer to another bus going to Cingjing FarmTaichung Gancheng bus stop*Buy your Cingjing Farm Pass tickets at the bus stop at Gancheng

*Sometimes the bus is late especially during weekends.

*More departure times to choose from.

*For best results, just pay by EasyCard in going to Cingjing Farm by bus. For the return trip from Cingjing, that's the time you will need the shared transfer by Klook.

8.5 Pingjing St. Lane 42

At the forefront of Taiwan’s cherry blossom festival in January is a road planted with cherry blossom trees. Abundant with Fuji sakuras that have grown inside the premises of big houses, springtime is will never be complete without seeing this place in Taipei. Pingjing St. Lane 42. Yes! You read it right! Taipei’s most celebrated corner in Shilin District is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the capital.Those wishing not to waste any minute of their precious minute in Taipei, must take advantage of the service of tripool taxi.



Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Pingjing St. Lane 42. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi (NTD)
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationLane 42, Pingjing Street18.5 kms37 mins7597978351,569
MRT Ximen Station19.9 kms40 mins7918308701,604
MRT Shilin Station11.7 kms27 mins6516847161,450

The Taiwan gods must have listened to the prayers of the locals to bring back the beauty of the Fuji sakuras. The flowering in the last two years had not been good due to the El Niño phenomenon. 2016 was the worst as most buds suffered from frost. When snow fell in Taipei years ago, the flowers that should appear in late January did not blossom anymore because they got injured by frostbite.

Recovery took time and the flowering rates were starting to go back to normal again.  There were many flowers and the bees were busy again pollinating each blossom. Local and international tourists gather at the street and compete for the best spot to take their photos. I was one of them and I must admit that it was really difficult to take pictures especially when it seems that all the people in Taipei came out on a sunny day.




The weather turns wet and cloudy during spring in Northern Taiwan. So whenever there is a chance that the sun would show up, people go outside to take advantage of the nice weather. They come in huge numbers and turn Lane 42 into one great street party.




The alley leading to Gongping Bridge, street wall, and the fenced area were the best spots to see the cherry blossoms, but unknown to many there is another place in Pingjing St. to enjoy the flowers. It’s a secret garden and the right time has come for it to be finally revealed.





Walking to the end of the Lane 42, I heard the sound of laughter from a group of people.  I can seen the great the joy in their hearts as they make a pose with the flowers. I can sense their happiness as I managed to find an opening and get inside the garden.   There were tall sakura trees and it was the first time that I saw them.

It was like Wuling Farm was brought to Taipei by an unseen force. A small piece of land catering to a lush forest of cherry blossoms. Who would not want to have that? It remains to be a mystery on who owns the garden and why people were allowed to roam around. Probably, it was one of the homeowners in Lane 42. Next year, I might be able to know the answer when I return to Pingjing St. for another round of the Sakura Series.


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How to go to Pinjing St. Lane 42:


1.  MRT Taipei -> Alight at Shilin Station -> Walk towards Shilin Farmers Association building -> Board Bus 303 -> Get off the bus at Lun zi wei stop -> Walk for a few meters to reach Pingjing St. Lane 42

2.  tripool taxi web: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji


8.6 Tianyuan Temple

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Tamsui's most popular cherry blossom viewing spot is a must-see every March. Imagine seeing a round-shaped temple with sakura trees around its circumference. The petals of the pink flowers are blown away by the wind, showering everyone with infinite happiness. Tourists who come are always become victors in their sakura hunting.


Most of the sakura trees are planted on what I called the “backyard”, where you can see the back portion of Tianyuan Temple. Although, it's very enticing to get near to the trees. People are restricted to enter the area by a yellow ribbon or a string. Tourists often find themselves climbing the stairs near the hill where they can have photos with tri-color sakura trees.



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For the past two years, the sakuras here opened their buds every February. Sometimes, they blossom in January. Usually, when this happens people become very excited and go directly to Tianyuan Temple to see for themselves the first pink petals. Knowing that the flowers will only last seven to ten days before they start to fall on the ground, tourists should not waste any time just to see their beauty.

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To get to Tianyuan Temple, 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!


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You must know that there are two kinds of cherry blossom here in Tianyuan Temple: the tri-color sakura and yoshino sakura. The two flowers have different blooming times which gives rise to two different cherry blossom viewing seasons. Tri-color sakuras appear first and it can be as early at mid-January as the first buds open to greet the visitors. Its beauty is expected to last until mid-February. Locals go to backyard of Tianyuan Temple and it becomes filled with people during these times.


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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.

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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.

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

After all the petals of the tri-color cherry blossoms are already gone. Tianyuan Temple will come into silence. It's the calm before the storm, as people wait eagerly for the arrival of the yoshino sakura. These flowers appear during March, but sometimes the flowers appear in April when the weather turns hot and abnormal. Their white to pinkish appearance is the reason why Tianyuan Temple is a very famous tourist attraction in Taiwan during spring.


Walk around the temple and look at the sky, you will see the oriental design of the building's roof with the pink petals of the yoshino smiling back at you. Get inside the temple and go to the upper floors. It will be like flying without wings as you climb higher. Pretend that you are one of the gods and goddesses of Taiwan as you look to the ground from the veranda. The visitors getting frenzy over the flowers become the earthlings that worship you. Try to reach out your hand to the cherry blossoms, and feel what it's like to have a hand of a powerful diety.

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Yoshino sakura and the Tianyuan Palace
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at the "Big Rock" entrance
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selfie at the sakuras at the "Big Rock" entrance
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Oh yoshino sakura!
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Look at that sakura tree!
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Visitors walk around the temple and appreciate the cherry blossom trees. 
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Although most of the trees were almost in full bloom, some still have buds that are yet to open.
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Wow!
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There were still sakura trees behind the temple.
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A woman takes a close-up shot of the yoshino sakura.
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Yeah!
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A couple enjoys the sakura flowers.
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No words can describe the sakuras here in Tianyuan Palace.
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Visitors gather at the base of the temple.
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So beautiful!
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See you next year Tianyuan Palace.

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How to go to Tianyuan Temple:


1. by MRT then bus

MRT Tamsui Station (Red Line) -> 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 (天元宮) stop.  You will know that you are in the right place when you passengers inside suddenly become crazy. Haha! -> Walk towards the backside of the temple for the tricolor sakura or go around the circumference of the temple for the yoshino flowers.


status of flowering of the tri-color sakura during my visit: 50%

status of flowering of the Yoshino sakura(吉野櫻) during my visit: 60-80% of the flowers were in bloom


2.  tripool taxi web: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji


8.7 Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village Cherry Blossom Festival

A lush forest colored in pink awaits you in the heart of Taiwan. It's a different kind of feeling as one rides a cable car and take a peek outside the windows of the flying machine. You don't even need to have a drone to see this scenery. Magical and at the same time marvelous ,a rosy cherry blossom world exists every spring in the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (FACV).


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It's as if the gods and goddesses of Taiwan have blessed the theme park with good fortune in the form of the cherry blossoms. Our deities stepped down from the sky and opened their hands to shower an invisible powder of infinite happiness. When the particles fell on the ground, it became seeds that grew to become the gorgeous trees of the cherry blossoms that visitors in Nantou see today.

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No amount of money or fame can match the feeling once you see a lot of yaesakura trees blooming at the same time. You will definitely run with excitement and let yourself get lost in a forest where the trees bear no leaves but only the multi-petalled flowers of the yaesakura.

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Friends, families and couples take photos together to preserve the memory of their visit. An everlasting moment for a short period of stay on this theme park. The sound of laughter in every thrilling ride fills the heart of every tourist in FACV with joy. This makes the place a must-see attraction in the island of Taiwan.

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How to go to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village? The easiest way is to board the High Speed Rail to Taichung Station and transfer to the Taiwan Tour Bus Sun Moon Lake route. At Shuishe Visitor Center, you one can ride the ferry boat to Ita Thao pier and to walk for 15 minutes to get to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway. At the so-called Youth Activity Center building, you can now ride the cable car to reach the theme park. Another way is the board the Round-the-lake bus at the Shuishe Visitor Center and get off the vehicle at the Ita Thao Station. A quick and easy way to get to FACV is via tripool taxi. If you are coming from the HSR Taichung Station or from Taichung Airport and want to see the yaesakuras as soon as possible, then this private car method is for you. Have a look at the estimated fares of tripool taxi at the table below.



Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi (NTD)
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taichung HSR StationFormosa Aboriginal Culture Village65.2 kms1 hr 1 min1,2321,2931,3552,089
Taichung TRA Station64.4 kms1 hr 7 mins1,3121,3771,4432,177
Taichung Airport (RMQ)87.1 kms1 hr 15 mins1,5181,5941,6702,403
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Entrance ticket prices vary and depend on the day of the visit. On holidays, the price usually gets higher. I got mine for NTD 850 which includes the round trip fare for the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway. Tickets to the theme park can be bought directly at the cable car station with separate booths for those who just want to ride the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway and back to the lake, or to those visitors who want to get inside FACV after getting off from the gondolas.

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The theme park is a big place and there are various ways to go around. Visitors can walk, ride a bus or even board the cable car called the Skyline. The last option will give you a bird's eye view of our sakura paradise. Aside from the cherry blossoms and thrilling amusement rides, there are also tribal performances which feature the culture of Taiwan's aboriginal people. So be there, once the amusement park opens its gate early in the morning. A unique sakura world is waiting for you at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village.

8.8 LOHAS Park in Neihu

In downtown Taipei, LOHAS Park in Neihu District is a hotspot to see the pink cherry bossom flowers. Every year, the first flowers appear around late-January to the first week of February and I went here again in Neihu to see their beauty for the third time.


Going here on a weekday was a nice decision. There were fewer people as most residents in the city are still working in their offices while the kids are also attending their classes in their respective schools. But go here during the Chinese New Year or the weekends and the whole park will be like a night market with a very large crowd!

Seeing the cherry blossoms is still possible at night because lamps had been set up on the ground to illuminate the flowers. I haven’t tried visiting here after 6:00 pm though I bet that the scenery would also be great. The flowers will become the stars of the evening bringing you a different kind of a starry night experience.


Just check the forecast of the Central Weather Bureau for Neihu District [CWB Neihu District forecast] before hurrying to go here. The rain could ruin your visit and make the grass area muddy. The cold wind with some snow brought by the northeast monsoon made the weather much colder weather in Taipei. This stimulated the earlier than expected opening of the mountain cherry. Just when Pingjing St. Lane 42 was at its height of being a sakura viewing hotspot in late January and early February, the flowers in LOHAS Park will silently open its buds.

Early bloomers are usually exposed in the elements for a longer time forcing the petals of the sakura to lose their freshness against the non-stop rainfall in Northern Taiwan.

At the time of this writing, most of the flowers were no longer attractive much to the disappointment of the sakura fans. Anyway, that’s life! There are still a lot of cherry blossoms to see every springtime in Taiwan so there is no reason to cry if your visit turned unfortunate. Just smile and be happy for the rest of the Sakura Series.

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How to go to LOHAS Park: Board the Taipei MRT to Donghu Station and walk towards the park:

[Google Map]

8.9 Taoyuan cherry blossoms: Lalashan

Taoyuan is not known to be a cherry blossom viewing spot. It's mostly a flat land with fertile rice fields. But visit the mountainous areas of Fuxing District and you will see the pink flowers of the cherry blossoms. I'm talking about the Lalashan Area. It's a 2.5 to 3 hour bus trip from Taoyuan Station. With not enough trips to take visitors to the mountains, I really find it challenging to see the flowers here.


I still remember the first time I went to Lalashan in my search for the pink petals. While inside the local train going to Taoyuan from Taipei, I had a chance to talk to a Taiwanese woman. She find it weird to travel from Taoyuan if there are cherry blossoms to see Yangminshan. I showed her the Chinese name of the place that I'm going to and she gave me a thumbs up. She also knew the place, proving that there are really places in Taoyuan that can serve as an alternative to the Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival.


I know the migrant workers in Taoyuan area especially the Filipinos are too excited to go the mountains and be surrounded by lots of cherry blossom trees. So let me tell you first about the public transportation system in Lalashan during the cherry blossom festival which happens every March. During the time of my visit, a shuttle bus was provided during weekends to take tourists up and down the scenic spots in Lalashan. My intuition tells me, that the this happens every year.


There are three places that I have visited where you can see cherry blossoms: Zhongbaling Sakura Road, Guangming Leisure Farm, and Loving Farm. The first two are accessible by the festival shuttle bus but for the last one, you will need to have your own transportation. Loving farm is 3.7 km from the nearest bus stop and it will take you 1.5 hours of walking/hiking in the mountain road just to see the place. For a hassle-free cherry blossom viewing experience, you can create your own itinerary by booking your own private car for a day in tripool taxi. The technique here is to visit Lalashan in a group of four people or more so you can share your tripool taxi fares with your friends or loved ones.


Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Loving Farm. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taoyuan HSR StationLoving Farm86.9 kms2 hrs 17 minsNTD 2,639NTD 2,771NTD 2,903NTD 3,706
Taoyuan Station70.1 kms2 hrs 16 minsNTD 2,549NTD 2,677NTD 2,804NTD 3,601
Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)90.3 kms2 hrs 15 minsNTD 2,611NTD 2,741NTD 2,872NTD 3,665

For those who don't have the budget, you can ride the Bus 5031 [Google Map] and 5091 [Google Map] from Taoyuan Station and Zhongli Rear Station respectively.   There is also Bus 5090 which starts at Taoyuan Bus Station [Google Map].  With these buses that runs early in the morning, you can visit the Zhongbaling Sakura Road and the Guangming Leisure Farm. But for Loving Farm, you have to get a taxi at Shangbaling (上巴陵) [Google Map]. If not, then prepare to hike the mountains to get to that place, which is the best among the three that I have mentioned.  I recommend going there on weekdays.   During weekends, the parking lot of Loving Farm easily gets filled and it takes a long time to find a suitable parking spot.


Information about transportation options to the Lalashan cherry blossom viewing spots, their locations and ticket price, if any.
Lalashan cherry blossom viewing spotHow to goNeed tickets?Google Map location
Zhongbaling Sakura Road
1. Festival shuttle bus
2. Bus 5090, 5091,5301. Get off at Zhongbaling
(中巴陵) stop [Google Map] and walk 240 meters
no
[Google Map]
Guangming Leisure Farm
1. Festival shuttle bus
2. Bus 5301 then get off at Yonglong Farm [Chungli Bus]
永隆農場[壢客] stop [Google Map], walk for 280 meters 
no
[Google Map]
Loving Farm
1. festival shuttle bus
2. Bus 5090,5091,5301. Get off at Shangbaling (上巴陵) stop [Google Map] and walk 3.7 km
yes, NTD 100 per person[Google Map]

Lalashan Loving Farm

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 leaves at 6:30 am.
Bus 5301
I went uphill via Zhongxin Road to reach Loving Farm.  It is the road on the left side on this photo.

How to go to Lalashan Loving Farm: 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 to travel 3.7 kilometers. Since I’m a budget traveler, I opted to walk and after 1.5 hours I finally reached Loving Farm. Sigh!

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 even 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 direction.


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 with 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 during my visit: “Full bloom” was predicted on mid-March. 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 around the 20th of March and even after that, because there were still trees that have buds that haven’t open yet.

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

clusters of cherry blossoms

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.

Zhongbaling Sakura Road

Location: No. 59, Baling Rd, Fuxing District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 336


How to go to Zhongbaling Sakura Road: Board Bus 5090 (from Taoyuan Bus Station), Bus 5091 (from Zhongli Rear Station) or Bus 5301 (from Fuxing Road, near to Taoyuan Station) and alight at Zhongbaling (中巴陵) stop.



Special cherry blossom tour buses run along the Baling Road during weekends with an extension of the service scheduled every mid-March. The free rides start at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm with 30 minutes of interval between the next bus. The service is temporarily suspended between 12 noon to 1:00 pm to allow drivers to eat their lunch. If you happen to hop inside this mini-bus, show the driver the Chinese name of the Zhongbaling Cherry Blossom Road (中巴陵櫻木花道) to inform him of your destination.


Special bus stop signs have been placed along Baling Road and the designated marker is a few meters away from the so-called Zhongbaling Sakura Flower Road.


Status of flowering during my visit: More than 80% of the flowers have opened. However, the recent rains in Northern Taiwan had caused some of the petals to dropped on the ground shortening the time to enjoy the cherry blossoms on this place.

I boarded Bus 5301 near to Taoyuan Station and alighted at Zhongbaling stop.  The famous cherry blossom road is a walking distance from the bus stop.
I got really excited upon seeing this cherry blossom forest for the first time.
As I get closer and closer
Some of the petals of the sakura here have dropped due to the recent rains in Northern Taiwan.
I wanted to see how long is this cherry blossom road so I continued the walk and passed by an abandoned car.
Another view of the cherry blossom forest from the far end of the road
The tiny group of sakura trees that I saw
Here they are
They were not so many here so I decided to go back to the main sakura "forest".
cherry blossoms and the abandoned car again
Petals that had dropped on the floor.  
It feels so peaceful here.
Another shot. lol
Now I'm back to the main forest.
There is some sort of a hotel here beside the cherry blossom road here in Zhongbaling.  I even saw people came out of the building.
I arrived in this place at 8:30 am and as time goes by more people had arrived to take photos.
This happens to the sakura flowers when they become wet with rain.  They are still beautiful although looking shy. lol
Imagine opening your window after you wake up in the morning and you see cherry blossoms.
Yeah!
under the cherry blossoms
another great photo
 I wonder who owns the building on the left. 
This cherry blossom road really looks nice.  
Nice photo except for that photobomber. Haha!
I didn't try to order a cup of coffee and enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms but next time I might do it.
The darker red flowers are the yaesakuras
Look! Dora the explorer was here. lol
Luo-Mu Jie and the tiny Dora the Explorer walking in the cherry blossom road
More people had arrived and they came in groups.
Another look at the cherry blossom forest
Suddenly, the clouds disappeared and the blue sky complemented the pink color of the sakuras.
The Zhongbaling Cherry Blossom Road should not be missed if you come to Taiwan to see sakura flowers.  However, it is a 2 to 3 hours travel time from Taoyuan Station. But if you come at the right time you will be enjoying walking under the pink petals of a cherry blossom forest.

Guangming Leisure Farm

Location: 復興鄉神木路11鄰192-8號, Fuxing District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

How to go to Guangming Leisure Farm: Board Bus 5301 from Fuxing Road near to Taoyuan Station and alight at Yong Long Farm (永隆農場) stop. Walk uphill in Baling Road for 270 meters to reach the cabins with cherry blossom trees.


Special cherry blossom tour buses also run along the Baling Road during the cherry blossom season every weekends. You ask the people at the Lalashan Visitor Information Center about the shuttle service. Although they can't speak Chinese, they might try to answer your questions.


The free rides start at 8 am and ends at 5 pm with a 30 minutes of interval between the next bus. The service is temporarily suspended between 12 noon to 1:00 pm to allow drivers to eat their lunch. If you happen to hop inside this mini-bus, show the driver the Chinese name ofGuangming Leisure Farm (光明農場) to inform him of your destination.


Status of flowering during my visit: Most of the sakura trees here had already achieved full bloom.

It was not a big place but it was picturesque.  
another part of Guangming Leisure Farm
One thing that makes this place beautiful are the fog cherry blossoms.
The petals of the fog cherry blossoms are color white hence the name of the flower.
These are the typical cherry blossoms that I always see in Taiwan.  
The fog cherry, pink sakuras and Luo-Mu Jie
Pink vs White. Which do you choose?
Another sakura battle. lol
pink sakura with a busy bee
The sakuras in Guangming Leisure Farm really looks awesome.
Can you see me? Haha!
This is one is better. lol
Aside from the pink sakuras, there were also Japanese white sakuras that were blooming.
If my memory serves me right, these are yoshino flowers.
A bee sipping nectar from the yoshino sakura.
a cabin plus the fog cherry 
Another look of the cabins of Guangming Leisure Farm
Yeah!
Guangming Leisure Farm is a charming place to see cherry blossoms.

8.10 Sakura Bird Forest

Sakura Bird Forest, a weird name for a beautiful place to visit during Taiwan's cherry blossom season. It's a translation of its Chinese name, which is 櫻花鳥森林. I just used Google Translate to get the English name of the place. Haha!


The luomujie blog takes pride in featuring the best of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Taiwan. And the Sakura Bird Forest is the latest to enter the Top 10 Sakura Spots of Taiwan. It really deserves to be on my list. Just look at the photos that I got.

Located at Taichung's Xinshe District, which known for its Xinshe Sea of Flowers festival, the Sakura Bird Forest is also walking distance from Xinshe Castle, another popular tourist spot in Taichung. The name Sakura Bird Forest would give a hint that it's a sanctuary for birds, as well as boasting a cherry blossom forest during spring. In my opinion, visitors don't just come here to see its colorful birds, but to also dine and do camping. Its location maybe a bit off for travellers, but with just a taxi ride from TRA Fengyuan Station, you will arrive here at the Sakura Bird Forest. Or if you want a smooth travel experience, book a tripool car service so the driver would just pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to Sakura Bird Forest. Tickets cost NTD 300 and I paid at the gate. During my visit, there was this lady who was holding paper tickets, and I know exactly that I have to approach her and buy the ticket to enter the farm.

The red multi-petalled yaesakura and the pink perfume cherry were the popular cherry blossom varities here at the Sakura Bird Forest. I went during the full bloom of the pink perfume cherry, and I was lucky to see the flowers in its full splendor. If you don't like the crowd at the Lalashan Loving Farm or at Wuling Farm, the Sakura Bird Forest is a good alternative. There were not many tourists during my visit, and if you go hungry just go back to the entrance where there is a restaurant.

What I like about the Sakura Bird Forest is that the sakura trees create an illusion of a cherry blossosm tunnel. Just be on the right time during the peak season, and you will enjoy taking photos of yourself with the flowers. The branch of the sakura trees planted on a walking path mimic two hands, forming an arch of cherry blossom petals above your head.

But what impressed me the most about this place, was its camping area. It has pink perfume cherry trees planted on the slope, with a riprap design to prevent erosion. It is picturesque because you will be surrounded by pink petals above and below. It's an explosion of pink scenery that you will love. Just be careful when you walk along the slope, because someone can accidentally push you. So enjoy the flowers and at the same be careful when taking photos.

I spend 2 to 3 hours taking pictures at the Sakura Bird Forest. It was worth it and I would never forget the experience.



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Sakura Bird Forest (櫻花鳥森林)

Address: No. 6, Xiezhong St, Xinshe District, Taichung City, 426 [Google Map]



Best way is to come here via taxi from TRA Fengyuan Station or via tripool



For the tripool app, if you can't write Chinese, just copy the word from the text box below. If you're using a desktop or laptop computer, highlight the word then press CTRL-C to copy and CTRL-V to paste. For smartphone users, make a long tap first on the text box, then use the "cursors" to highlight the Chinese word and then copy.




There is the Maopujiao (茅埔角) [Google Map] bus stop at Sakura Bird Forest, but the bus arrival and departure times are not tourist-friendly. So just opt for riding a taxi or tripool to save time.


9. TAIPEI CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

Taipei is the first choice of sakura chasers in Taiwan. The capital has lots of spots to offer with Yangmingshan, Pingjing St. Lane 42 and LOHAS Park in Neihu as the go-to places during spring. On the question about on when is the right time to see them, the information can be found at the 2025 Taiwan Cherry Blossom Forecast portion of this travel guide. The Taipei section on the dynamic prediction table is on the topmost portion. Control your excitement as you continue reading below, because Taipei have cherry blossom viewing spots beyond Yangmingshan that are worth to see.


9.1 Taipei 101

Every year the blossoming of the flowers at Xinyi District on the intersection of Songzhi and Songgao Road excites people. Located near to the MRT Taipei City Hall Station is a group of sakura trees, they were standing there without leaves until news will spread like wildfire.

Whether the flowers are many or just a few blossoms became my task, so I went immediately to check them. A tall tree can be seen with its flowers wide open with a few buds that are just waiting for the right time. Not far from where the trees are planted is Taipei 101, Taiwan’s top attraction in the city.

For the past two years, it was always cloudy here in Xinyi District when the flowers are in full bloom. But with the sunny sky above Xinyi, it was a perfect day for cherry blossom viewing. It was very rare to see the flowers in their pink color while being illuminated by the light of the sun.


I was expecting to see the flowers in February. Last year, they blossomed late. This was probably due to the delayed arrival of the northeast monsoon. In order for the flowers to open, the cherry blossoms need a cold weather aside from other factors like soil pH, wind direction, and sunlight. Without the right conditions, the flowers would stay as buds until the right time comes.

Expect the flowers here to appear starting every 20th of January, with the best time being Feb. 10 or 15 as more flowers greet the blue spring sky. Usually, when they appear in January, it means that the current winter season is cold enough to be classified as a normal weather phenomena. It also indicte that the other sakura trees in the city and in the mountains of Yangmingshan will have a bountiful blossoming of its flowers.

I always monitor the situation of the cherry blossoms in Xinyi District, until they approach their peak period. The place is just a 10-minute MRT ride from my home. The trees here plus the ones beside Taipei City Hall are worth to see. Once they come out at the same time, they will be a visual treat for everyone to enjoy.

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How to get here: Board the Taipei MRT to Taipei City Hall Station. Go to Exit 2 via the escalators and get out of the Taipei City Hall Bus Station into the direction of Taipei 101. The cherry blossoms are located at the intersection of Songgao Road and Songzhi Road.


[Google Map]

9.2 Taipei Flower Test Center

Standing in front of cherry blossom trees, a couple kisses each other in a garden in Taipei’s Shilin District. Such sight is so common during springtime. When sakuras appear in the city, lovers dressed in formal attire wander in Taiwan’s scenic spots. They were there to take their prenuptial photos. And what place do they usually go to? It’s the Taipei Flower Test Center.


From cherry blossoms to plum blossoms, there are many flowers here that every month there is always something to look forward to. For January, the Taiwan cherry blossoms are expected to appear in the park. Thanks to the cold weather in Taipei, the sakura trees are now back to its normal flowering rate.


Riding a bus going to Yangmingshan, visitors can’t resist looking at the park as the vehicle passes by. Tall branches trying to reach for the sky. Its red-violet flowers waving hello to all the passersby. Admission is free and everyone is invited to have a leisurely walk in the park.

yaesakura
showa sakura

For those expecting the pink color of the cherry blossoms. Don’t worry! The Taipei Flower Test Center have some showa sakura. However, they will appear at a later time. The park also has multi-petal cherry blossoms called the yaesakura. Like the showa, these sakuras have a later blossoming period compared to the Taiwan cherry blossoms. Expect these flowers to appear in February and March if the weather conditions are favorable for the buds to open.

Sakura fans in Taipei were delighted to know that tulips were on display in the park. Yellow, violet, red and some were a mixture of warm colors. They were fun to look at making you feel that you went to The Netherlands without ever leaving Taiwan.

camellia exhibit area

If the tulips were not enough, then there are the beautiful flowers of the camellia. The camellia festival takes visitors to a dazzling floral world. Go inside the exhibit area and get amazed at its different sizes and shapes. At the garden, plants filled with the camellias are for everyone to enjoy. They look like giant roses but much larger in size.

This has been my best visit the Taipei Flower Test Center. Taiwan cherry blossoms at 80% flowering rate + tulips + camellia festival. I went home as a winner for this episode of the Sakura Series.

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How to go the Taipei Flower Test Center: Board Bus 260 from Taipei Main Station or Bus 303 at Shilin District Farmer’s Association building near MRT Shilin Station. Get off the bus at Shanzaihou Police Station (山仔后派出所)[Google Map]. The park is on the other side of the road.

9.3 Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will always be a top cherry blossom viewing spot in Taipei. Not only that it is located in downtown, it also has a variety of sakuras that visitors can feast upon. There are the multi-petalled yaesakuras, the white to pinkish flowers of the shuzenji sakura, the early blooming mountain cherries and the much-awaited spectacle of the tairyo cherry blossoms. Which flower do you want to see and where can they be found in the park? Read carefully this article because I will tell you a lot about these cherry blossom viewing spot in the city.


Yaesakura (八重櫻)

You can find these flowers around the building of the Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall. Actually, all the cherry blossoms are planted near to this monument. They are just strategically planted to provide of an array of colors during spring.


The yaesakuras are in full bloom when you see the flowers clump together. With the colder climate during the past winter season, their blossoming has been anticipated by many to be more abundant than last year. Keeping up with the expectations, the yaesakuras did not disappoint its fans by showing its strongest flowering with its red to pink color of its petals.


Their tall branches spread out in the sky like the hand of God reaching out from the heavens. Its blossoms shower the CKS Memorial in intense red color. In the past, it was not like these and I was very surprised to see the park in such scenery.

You can find most of the yaesakuras on the right side of the CKS Memorial Hall. Coming from Exit 5 of the MRT Station, walk towards the white building until you see patches of red on the right side of the park. There are also yaesakuras on the left side of the giant building although a bit fewer than on the right side.

Aside from the yaeskuras, there also mountain cherry trees that have been planted on the left side of the park. I did not such much flowers when I visited this area. The blossoming period might have already passed and I visited too late to see them in full bloom. There were still a few trees that have flowers but not enough to amaze the visitors.


At the back of the CKS Memorial Hall are the trees of the tairyo sakura. Behind these cherry blossoms is a pathway still planted with the yaesakuras. Come and explore this area of the park. It feels like going to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village in Nantou by looking from afar in the walkway.

Shuzenji cold cherry (修善寺寒櫻)

Located on the right side of the CKS Memorial Hall, these flowers appear at the same time when the yaesakuras are at its height of flowering. Colored white to pink, it was very easy to tell that they are different from the red multi-petalled flowers of the yaesakura. How do I describe the petals of the shuzenji sakura? They looked crumpled and looks wavy.

The trees are tall suggesting that they been planted long before. The main trunk and branches are strong enough to withstand the strong wind of typhoons that have been barreling Taiwan every summer. Although they look sturdy, I hardly noticed the shuzenji sakuras last year. There flowering wasn't that enough to catch the attention of visitors in the park.





Fortunately, the splendid petals of the shuzenji sakuras have finally returned1 They were sparkling under the bright sun during my visit. They also looked terrific with the white building of the CKS Memorial Hall as a backdrop. It was picturesque! Comparing the blossoming of the shuzenji sakuras here in CKS Hall to the kawazu cherry blossoms in Sunshine Sports Park, I find these flowers of Taipei to have an undeniable charisma.

Tairyo sakura (大漁櫻)

One of my favorite Japanese flowering cherry! At the time of my visit, they had only opened 10 to 20% of their buds and you can find them at the backside of the CKS Memorial Hall. There were only a few tourists lingering in this area since the blossoms are not yet that many. I considered that as a blessing because there is a less chance of having photo bombers in my pictures.

The tairyo sakuras gives a different kind of aura in the park. Not only it attracts insects like the bees, even birds come to feast on the flowers. The flower’s nectar might be so sweet to give nourishment and energy. Visitors, on the other hand, just look at them during full bloom. Envy of what is happening. Haha!


When many, the flowers of the tairyo cherry blossoms have a striking similarity to the yoshino sakura and it is hard to tell the difference. Both the center part of the flowers has a dark hue. If you want to see the yoshinos, then you can go to the Visitor Information Center of Yangming Park. But you don't need to go far away, because the tairyo sakuras of the CKS Memorial Hall can cheer you up. At full bloom, it will fulfill your desire to see lots of spring flowers.


The yaeskura, shuzenji and tairyo sakura in the Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall. They are all waiting for you. Hurry before they are all gone!

9.4 Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall

Type of cherry blossom: kawazu sakura (河津櫻)


How to go to Sun-yat Sen Memorial Hall: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Station.  Go to Exit 4.  You can find the cherry blossoms behind the pond.


Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom


The kawazu sakura trees here are not that tall. They are just enough to let visitors in Taipei see some cherry blossoms.
kawazu cherry blossoms and Taipei 101 behind


A busy bee can be seen sucking nectar from a kawazu sakura

9.5 Shibafen

This is a secret spot in Taipei that is not known to many travellers. This is the only place I know where you can have a panoramic view of the Taipei City plus the flowers of the cherry blossom. Expect the sakuras here to appear on late-March to the first few days of April. This is one of your last resort if you are chasing cherry blossoms at the tail-end of the flower season.


Type of cherry blossoms to see: Yoshino sakura (吉野櫻)


How to go to Shibafen:


1. Board the MRT Taipei Red Line. Get off at Beitou Station and ride Bus S9, S26 or 129 and get off at the Dormitory of Quanyuan Elementary School (泉源國小宿舍) stop. Visitors can also ride Bus S8 which starts at MRT Shipai Station (Red Line). Walk 750 meters to get to the Shibafen Waterway.


Shibafen waterway trail entrance [Google Map]


2. tripool taxi. Users must type the Chinese name of the place in the web app.

Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Shibafen. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi (NTD)
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main Station十八份拐圳步道14.9 kms33 mins7077437781,512
MRT Ximen Station16 kms34 mins7257617971,531
MRT Shilin Station8.2 kms25 mins6136436741,408

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9.6 Dongfang Temple

Taipei cherry blossoms

Like Shibafen, Dongfang Temple's cherry blossoms are part of the late-bloomers group. Visitors cannot go inside the temple, but this place has a unique scenery which you can enjoy as you stand from its gate. The only problem in going to this sakura spot is the frequency of Bus S16. So you have to schedule your visit here according to the departure times of the bus. Or else, you will spend some of your time standing and waiting at the bus stop.


How to go to Dongfang Temple: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Jiantan Station (Red Line). Transfer to Bus S16 and get off the bus at Dongfang Temple (東方寺).



Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Dongfang Temple from selected MRT stations in Taipei. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationDongfang Temple13.7 kms27 mins6556887211,455
MRT Shilin Station6.9 kms17 mins5505786051,339
MRT Ximen Station15.1 kms30 mins6867207551,488

Status of flowering during my visit: Full bloom. The sakura trees on the left side of the garden had already spent its flowers.


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Get out of the MRT Jiantan Station via Exit 1
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9.7 Neihu Creek Trail

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Location: 114, Taipei City, Neihu District, Alley 73, Lane 61, Kangle St, 34號號

How to go to Neihu Creek Trail: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Donghu Station. Go to Exit 3 and walk along Donghu Road to reach the far end of LOHAS Park. Enjoy the young shōwa sakura trees here planted beside the creek.


Status of flowering during my visit: 20% to 30 % of the flower buds have opened.


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the trail


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The flowers were not yet in full bloom at the time of my visit.
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sakura flowers under the blue sky
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The cherry blossoms are of the Showa type.
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This creek trail in Neihu is actually a continuation of the LOHAS Park.
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The showa sakuras bloom late than the usual cherry blossoms in Taiwan.
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Showa sakura - five pink petals which are widely open like the rays of the sun
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This creek trail will be great once the sakuras are in full bloom.
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I want to live in this community during spring. Haha!
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You can go on the other side of the creek and you will find more young sakura trees planted along the banks.
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The creek trail
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selfie time

9.8 Bishanyan

A stairway to heaven. Do you want to climb this staircase that leads to a feeling of unexplainable happiness? Experience taking each step as your eyes gaze at the beautiful flowers of the cherry blossoms hanging above you. You can find these steps in the mountains of Taipei. The place is called Bishanyan and just a few minutes away from an MRT Station.


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It seems that it's not just the province Nantou that have received the blessing of the Taiwan gods. Empty hearts are filled with joy as one takes a look at the view of the city while picking ripe strawberries in the farms. Locals come here to pray at the temple and savor the fresh air from the mountains. Taipei’s Neihu is definitely one place not be missed during the spring season especially when the sakuras starts to appear every late-February to the first few days of March.

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Every visitor is mesmerized by the petals of the cherry blossoms and even I was a victim of their unparalleled beauty. From the moment I get off from the bus to the highest point of that staircase, I can't remove my eyes from them. I was totally starstruck! Surprisingly, there were many visitors on a busy a weekday. If they have decided to take a leave from their work, then it must have been a good decision. The flowers were still many although the weather was cloudy.

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But it didn't stop visitors from going to Neihu to see the sakuras. Every click of the camera, pose after every pose. The smiles on their faces are endless as each person's laughter was music to everyone’s ears. Not only humans visited the place. There were also insects. The bees were present as well as the butterflies. The Taiwan gods must have transformed themselves into these winged beings to check the fruit of their labor. They want to know if the invisible powder of infinite happiness they have spread in Central Taiwan have reached Taipei. It did and every visitor was so happy.

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How to go to Bishanyan? Just board the MRT and get off at Neihu Station (Brown Line).  Look for the Jiantou Fude Temple (梘頭福德祠) [Google Map] located at Neihu Road Section 2 and wait for Bus S2.   The vehicle will take you up in the hills where the strawberry farms can be found. Get off at the famous stairs of Bishanyan or the Yuanjue Temple (圓覺寺) [Google Map] and you can now start taking pictures and selfies with the cherry blossoms.

9.9 Orange Cafe Restaurant

A private restaurant where you can take pictures with the sakura. Admission is not free and tickets cost NTD 100 per person. There is also crowd control and on how many people can enter the restaurant's premises at a particular time depends on the person manning the gate. You must take note of the this, especially if you are planning to visit in the afternoon. It's better to go in the morning when there are less people.


How to go to Orange Cafe Restaurant:


1. by MRT then bus

Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Jiantan Station (Red Line). Transfer to Bus S19 and get off at Falun Temple (法輪禪寺) stop [Google Map]. Orange Café [Google Map] is only a one minute walk from the bus stop. Visitors can also board Bus 303 and alight at Pingdeng Village (平等里) stop [Google Map] but it will be a 900 meter walk uphill to reach the restaurant.


2. by tripool taxi:Users must type the Chinese name of the place in the web app.


Status of flowering during my visit: 80-90% of the flowers are in bloom.

Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Orange Cafe restaurant from selected MRT stations in Taipei. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationOrange 橘咖啡 - 用餐預約18 kms38 mins7648028401,574
MRT Shilin Station11.3 kms28 mins6566897211,455
MRT Ximen Station19.5 kms41 mins7958358751,609

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Crowd control is being implemented in the restaurant.  Visitors have to wait before they can enter the place.  I waited for at least 30 minutes.
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A couple prepares for their photo shoot outside the gate of the Orange Cafe Restaurant
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The NTD 100 "ticket"
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Visitors who have just entered the gate.
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The flowering of the yoshino cherry blossoms was really god during my visit.
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9.10 Neicou Stream

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How to go to Neicou Streem: The same directions going to Orange Café. Board either Bus 303 or S19 from MRT Jiantan Station. Visitors must then walk 130 meters from the restaurant to reach the trail, where on the slopes of the mountains you can see a sakura forest. The cherry blossom trees are inside a private lot but you can still appreciate the flowers from afar.


Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom


From Orange Cafe, I followed the road downhill until it lead me to the Neicou Stream Trail
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The private residence with the sakura forest.  This place was almost a mystery to me on who was the owner and how to get inside.
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The Neicou Stream acts as a natural barrier for those attempting to climb over the fence.
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9.11 Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival

Yangmingshan. Northern Taiwan's only national park offers the best place to see the cherry blossoms in Taipei. The climate on this mountainous region makes it suitable to plant and grow the cherry blossoms. There are an estimated 1,000 cherry blossom trees in the national park. The showa and yoshino being the favorites of the locals, though they don't blossom at the same time.


To see most of the flowers, tourists go to Yangmingshan Park. It was a good thing that there is one central place to see the sakuras, because Yangmingshan National Park is a very big place to explore in just one day. I have seen its evolution since the first time I went to this park to see the sakuras in 2014. During that time, the Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival is an event where everyone can see not just cherry blossoms but other colorful flowers as well. The so-called Cherry Stream area is a plain car park before and what's on its place are pots of different kinds of blossoms. Looking at the hills, you can see a sign with big Chinese characters, to remind everyone of the word “Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival” (plus the year). You can see how the event looks like on the next paragraphs about my visits in 2014 and 2015.

In 2016, a change was introduced in the Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Stream area was constructed to add more sakura trees, and to add another permanent site for sakura viewing. Rather than buying flowers and changing them again when they have lost their beauty, planting new trees on one permanent site helped cut the cost of hosting the Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival for the city government.

My first visit -> Taiwan Day 182: Taipei Sakura
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When I always hear the word 'cherry blossoms' I always think of Japan, so I was so excited when I learned that there are cherry blossoms in Taiwan. If you are going to Taipei during spring try to schedule your trip during the "Yangmingshan Flower Festival". The opening day of the cherry blossom festival changes every year and the flowering rate of the sakuras depends on having a cool weather.

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I've waited until March to visit the Yangmingshan, because during the opening day of the flower festival the cherry blossoms have only blossomed 50% to 70% of its flowers.


From Taipei Main Station I boarded Bus 260 to Yangmingshan Parking Lot and then transferred to Bus 130 to get toYangmingshan Park. Because I was alone, I just followed locals when they transferred to the other bus at the terminal. I already made my adventure planning during the Chinese New Year celebration so I knew that Bus 130 will take me to Yangmingshan Park.

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The temperature was around 22 degrees Celsius during my visit, but I have my jacket inside my bag just in case the temperatures would suddenly go down.  It was around 3:00 pm when I arrived at the park. I only have 2 hours to roam around, and at 5:00 pm I knew the place would become colder.

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There were a lots of tourists during that day. Aside from cherry blossoms there were also other flowers that can be seen. Unfortunately, I don't have a tripod with me so I asked some Taiwanese to take my pictures with the cherry blossoms.  The locals were very kind and helpful.

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One of the main attractions in Yangmingshan Park is the Flower Clock. It is said to ring a tune every 30 minutes but I didn't heard anything. Maybe I was just busy taking pictures. Haha!

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I have photos of the two kinds of cherry blossoms in Yangmingsha Park. They are the white Osima Cherry and the pink Showa cherry which I really loved.

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As a Filipino who have seen cherry blossoms for the first time, I cannot believed myself to gaze at the Osima and the Showa sakura. I've always thought that I have to go to Japan just to seem them. But look! I have found them in Taipei. Their flowers have captured the hearts of Taiwanese and foreign visitors, as if they want to take them home. To remember their beauty forever in my mind I will call them, "Taipei Sakura".


My second visit -> Taiwan Day 539: The Beginning of Spring 
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When does spring begin? Or should I say when does winter end? I remember my first winter in Taipei and it was raining every day. The rains continued for weeks, and then suddenly the temperature started to rise. I knew that a magical event is happening.

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Cherry blossoms never fails to fascinate people. Their petals radiate with passion, like when a woman is deeply in love with her man. In Taiwan, the mountain cherry blossom trees will be the first to show their flowers in January, followed by other sakura varieties on February.

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If you are in Taipei, the Yangmingshan Cherry Blossom Festival is the perfect place to see cherry blossoms. It’s accessible by public transportation, just board Bus 260 from Taipei Main Station and enjoy the scenery as the low-floor bus takes you to the mountains. Knowing that there are other cherry blossom viewing spots in Taiwan, I got very excited to see all of them that it gave birth to the luomujie blog's "Sakura Series".

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My Travel Buddies were very eager to see cherry blossoms at Yangmingshan and they were Aaron James (Filipino) and Fisoliya (Zimbabwean). I was alone when I first saw the cherry blossoms, so I invited friends to join me on my second trip. Because it was Chinese New Year, our bus took an hour to climb the mountain. There was heavy traffic on the road leading to bus terminal of Yangmingshan. Reaching Yangming Park, the place was packed with people, who also wanted to see the pink petals of the cherry blossoms. Becoming hungry won't be a problem because food stalls sprout like flowers in spring.

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The fountain in Yangming Park was transformed into a pink arena. People of all ages wanted to capture beautiful photos of the cherry blossoms. It was a beautiful battle, as photobombers unintentionally destroy your precious moments. Everyone was quick to take a picture. They knew that the flowers would only live for one week, and soon the petals will drop by one by one. Even before all of them have dropped, green leaves would soon replace them.

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My Travel Buddies were very satisfied with the pink landscape that they saw. I was also very happy because I was able to explore the other places of Yangming Park. Next year, my two greatest fans will come to Taiwan. They will visit the island nation to see me and explore the place I call home. They will come to see the flowering of the cherry blossoms. They will come at the beginning of spring.

Places to see cherry blossoms in Yangmingshan 


To make life easier for tourists, I have compiled photos of each corner of Yangmingshan where you can find the sakura flowers.


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Showa cherry blossoms surrounding a large fountain at the entrance of Yangming Park.

How to get here:


a. Taipei Main Station: Go to Exit Y6 and then Board Bus 260. Alight at the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal and then transfer to Bus 125 to go to Yangmingshan Flower Clock


b. MRT Jiantan Station: Go to Exit 1 and then Bus Red 5/Bus 260. Alight at the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal and then transfer to Bus 125 to go to Yangmingshan Flower Clock


c. MRT Shipai Station: Board Bus 128 and then alight at the Yangmingshan Flower Clock


d. MRT Beitou Station: Board Bus 129 and then alight at the Yangmingshan Flower Clock.

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Newly planted showa sakura trees blossom around the new stream square in Yangming Park. Walk around the park to find larger showa sakura trees that are also in bloom.


How to get here:


a. Taipei Main Station: Go to Exit Y6 and then Board Bus 260. Alight at the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal and then transfer to Bus 125 to go to Yangmingshan Flower Clock


b. MRT Jiantan Station: Go to Exit 1 and then Bus Red 5/Bus 260. Alight at the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal and then transfer to Bus 125 to go to Yangmingshan Flower Clock


c. MRT Shipai Station: Board Bus 128 and then alight at the Yangmingshan Flower Clock


d. MRT Beitou Station: Board Bus 129 and then alight at the Yangmingshan Flower Clock

Yangmingshan Visitor Center

How to get here: Follow the same directions in going to the Yangmingshan Park Service Center bus stop. Visitors must then climb uphill for a few meters to reach the tourist information center [Google Map].


Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom


Yangming Park Service Center Bus Stop 
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GPS: 25.15n653, 121.539789 [Google Map]


How to get here:

a. MRT Shipai Station: Board Bus S8 (小8) or 128

b. MRT Beitou Station: Board Bus S9 (小9) or 129

c. MRT Jiantan Station: Board Bus R5 (or Bus 260 from Taipei Main Station) and alight at the Yangmingshan Terminal Bus Stop. Follow the trail leading to the Yangming Park for less than two kilometers.


Status of flowering during my visit: >90% of the flowers buds have opened


Huashan Road
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How to get here: Board Bus 260 from Taipei Main Station or Bus R5 from MRT Jiantan Station. From the Yangmingshan Bus Terminal follow the trail leading to Yangming Park. You will then find Huashan Road.


Status of flowering during my visit: Some trees were in full bloom. Others were delayed in opening their flower buds.


Qianshan Park
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How to get here: This park [Google Map] is a few meters away from the entrance of Zhongshan Hall. After enjoying the cherry blossoms near the Chungshan Building (中山樓) bus stop, follow the vehicles going up to the mountains of Yangmingshan. You will notice this park with a few sakura trees.


Status of flowering during my visit: 90% of the flower buds have opened.

Zhongshan Hall Entrance
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Location: Chungshan Building (中山樓) bus stop in Yangmingshan


Status of flowering during my visit: Only one yoshino tree was in full bloom. The other trees have opened at least 60% of its buds.


How to get here: Board Bus 260 from Taipei Main Station or Bus R5 from MRT Jiantan Station.  Get off the vehicle at Chungshan Building (中山樓) stop [Google Map].  You will see the cherry blossom trees without even entering the gate of this historic site.

THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI

10. NEW TAIPEI CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

Cherry blossom fans will be delighted to know that New Taipei City has lots of sakura viewing spots, with Tianyuan Temple in Tamsui District and Wulai being the most popular. The city surrounds the capital of Taiwan which includes the famous towns of Pingxi, Yehliu and Jiufen. Being a mountainous area, it is easy for cherry blossom trees to grow here. And like in downtown Taipei, some spots are accessible by the Taipei MRT or TRA.


10.1. Sunshine Sports Park

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A ray of sunshine. A breath of fresh air. A new place has been discovered to see the kawazu cherry blossoms. Sunshine Sports Park! New Taipei's public park welcomes you to make a stroll during the sakura season.

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Adding more excitement to my visit in Xindian District is the fact that I haven't been to Xiaobitan where the park is located. The place is accessible via the MRT Xiaobitan Station and visitors have to walk for two kilometers. A bit tiring for those not used to walking “long” distances.


The MRT Xiaobitan Station functions as a depot of the trains of the Taipei MRT system. Being a branch line, it is somewhat similar to the Xinbeitou Station. Although, I noticed a big difference. The MRT trains going to Xiaobitan Station run faster compared to the inch by inch movement of the Xinbeitou trains. Haha! I don't know the reason why.

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Stepping out of the MRT station is the wide floodplain of the Xindian River. This body of water connects to the Tamsui River which then flows out into the East China Sea. If you look at the Google Maps, this river seems to be an old one. It has a winding path which tells a lot about its history in geological scales.

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Sunshine Sports Park and the MRT Xiaobitan Station is separated by the rivers, so visitors will have to cross a bridge. Their eyes will most likely get mesmerized by the Sunshine Bridge (陽光橋). Depending on how the viewer perceives the metallic structure, it can look like a fish, a bird or even a crayfish. Just use your imagination. It should not be missed when visiting Xiaobitan.

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The kawazu cherry blossoms can be found along the trail on the park. I have marked them in my Taiwan Cherry Blossoms Map to make searching for them easier. On a sunny day, when the kawazu cherry blossoms are at their full bloom, Taiwanese come here to have picnic while under the pink petals of the sakura trees. So get ready with your picnic mat and food, when the time is ripe to enjoy the flowers at Sunshine Sports Park.



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Sunshine Sports Park (陽光運動公園)

Address: Anye Street, Xindian District, New Taipei City, 231

[Google Map]


How to go to Sunshine Sports Park: MRT Xiaobitan Station → walk along Huanhe Road → cross the Sunshine Bridge

10.2. Hope River

Showa sakuras lined up the riverside near the MRT Haishan Station (Blue Line).  The flowers here usually appear during late March or early April. But when the weather turns hot and abnormal in Taiwan during winter, it can be as late as mid-April. Together with Taipei's Dongfang Temple, Shibafen and the Sansei Trail in Sanzhi District, these places form the quartet that sakura chasers should look upon when Taiwan's cherry blossom season is about to end.


Type of cherry blossom: Shōwa sakura (昭和櫻)


How to go to Hope River: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Haishan Station (Blue Line). Go to Exit 3 and walk towards the Hope River Plaza (希望之河廣場) [Google Map]. You will see a creek with sakura trees that blossom every late March or early April.

Address: No. 1, Lane 55, Yumin Rd, Tucheng District, New Taipei City, 236


Status of flowering during my visit: >90% of the flowers have opened.

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10.3 Royal Dragon Sakura Forest

The Royal Dragon Sakura Forest is a private farm in the mountains of Xindian District. It is one of those places that I have visited when the luomujie blog's Sakura Series was just starting three years ago. I used to call this place Tenglong Sakura Farm due to the lack of official English name in Google Maps. A Taiwanese have told me a long time ago, that translating the Chinese name of Tenglong Sakura Farm to English will not make sense. Anyway, there is already an English name and it's now known as the Royal Dragon Sakura Forest. Haha! Just go on the right time and you will be lucky to see lots of flowers. This is an underrated to place to see the sakuras and only locals knew about this place.


I find it hard to visit here for the first time in 2016. Expected blossoming periods happen between early-March to mid-March.  In the past, some of the flowers have bloomed late in April with no actual peak period to remember.


tripool taxi web app: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji


Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Royal Dragon Sakura Forest. Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationRoyal Dragon Sakura
[cherry forest]
16.7 kms35 mins7327698051,539
MRT Ximen Station23.4 kms39 mins7978378771,611
Taoyuan Station41 kms49 mins9681,0171,0651,799
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Location: Daxiangshan Mountain, Xindian District, New Taipei City


How to go the Royal Dragon Sakura Forest aka Longteng Sakura Farm:

1. by MRT then bus

Board MRT and get off at Qizhang Station (Green Line). Go to Exit 1 and turn left to cross the Baoqiao Rd. Look for the Bus GR9 or Green 9 bus stop which is located in front of the Beixin Elementary School (北新國小) [Google Map]. The said school is the best place to wait for Bus GR9. If you are going to wait on the other bus stops, there is a high probability that the driver of the mini-bus won't notice you as drives along the highway. There is also an LED screen at the bus stop in Beixini Elementary School so you will know when will the vehicle arrive. It is also close to a McDonalds. Haha!Anyway, after patiently waiting a shuttle bus would soon arrive with the Chinese character for Green and the number 9 on its LED display.


2. tripool taxi: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji

MRT Qizhang Station to the bus stop
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Alight at Daxiangshan (大香山) which is the last stop and hike the Daxiangshan Trail until you find the entrance to the Mt. Dailaokeng Trail.

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Continue the hike in this trail to Yushan Rd. until you find a restaurant on top of the mountains with a beautiful view of Taipei City. The cherry blossoms are down below in the gentle slope of the hills. Admission is free and it is open to the public. The total distance from the sakura farm to the bus stop is about 1.2 kilometers.

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10.4 Shulin Land Office

Yaesakuras in the parking lot of a government office in Taiwan. The numerous petals of the reddish cherry blossoms definitely makes a noise in this quiet town of Shulin every early-March. Just a short walk from TRA Shuilin Station, you will find yourself somewhat looking to old Taipei. Wandering on the streets to find the flowers, you will feel a nostalgic vibe about the town.


When you reached the Shulin Land Office, remember that it's not a tourist spot and you will be entering the premises of a government office. The yaesakuras were planted near the fence and they were put there as ornamental plants. Nevertheless, it's a nice place to visit on a weekday with less people around to become photobombers on your pictures.

How to go to Shulin Land Office: Board any train of the TRA and alight at Shulin Station. Get out of the station via the Zhongshan Road Exit and walk for 150 meters to reach the New Taipei City Shulin Land Office [Google Map]. The yaesakuras there were planted at the parking lot.


Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom

at Shulin Station
I get out of the train station via the Zhongshan Road Exit.
Welcome!
The carpark of the New Taipei City Shulin Land Office
I was lucky to see the yaesakuras in full bloom.
The yaeskaura, Luo-Mu Jie and the Shulin Land Office
flash effect
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10.5 Sanxia Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest

There is a secret cherry blossom forest in New Taipei that is not known by many. It is located at the mountains of Sanxia District in New Taipei.  If you don't like the big crowd at Taipei's Pingjing St. Lane 42, you can try visiting here. The Chinese name of the place is 三峽大熊櫻花林 or when translated it is called the Sānxiá Dàxióng Cherry Blossom Forest. I will simply call it Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest for the convenience of non-Chinese readers of this blog.

 at the Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest

Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest is a new cherry blossom hot spot in Northern Taiwan. The sakura trees here were not originally planted here, but relocated from its original site, the Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest. Still located in Sanxia and not far away from the current site. I don't remember exactly why lots of cherry blossom trees have to replanted, but I've heard there is a land dispute or a rent issue, so the owner was forced to find a new home for his cherry blossom trees.


The next three pictures shows what the Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest looks like.

at Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest
Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest
selfie at Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest

I really like the Xiong Kong Cherry Blossom Forest, but like the Taiwanese that had already move on, I accepted the reality that the current site, is now the Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest. The place still looks nice, but without the grand view of the mountain slope colored in pink. What I like about the Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest is that it is more developed than its former site. You can also get close to the sakura trees here in Big Bear, unlike in Xiong Kong that you can only appreciate its beauty from a distance.

at Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest. The next set of pictures were also taken from Big Bear.
Visitors enjoying the sakura at Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest

It's a bit slippery here in Big Bear even during a sunny day. Some of slopes were just too steep, so you have to be careful or you will lose your footing.

I visited Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest on its peak of flowering. So the flowers were in full bloom.  If you don't like the crowds at Pingjing St. Lane 42, then visiting Big Bear is worth your time and money. To know the status of flowering here, check the luomujie blog's Taiwan Cherry Blossom Ultimate Travel Guide. Big Bear has different kinds of cherry blossom flowers. So the ones that you see here on this blog post are the tri-color sakura type, that blossoms in January. At the end of their flowering, another kind of flowers would open their buds, so don' worry.

Tickets: NTD 120 per person


How to get here: The nearest MRT station is MRT Dingpu of the Blue Line. Then transfer to a taxi and show the driver the Chinese name of the place: 三峽大熊櫻花林. To return, you need to book another taxi ride, so plan you trip well. If you don't want to be cheated by taxi drivers in Taiwan, you can book a round trip ride via tripool taxi with your hotel as your pickup point and drop-off point. For non-Chinese speakers, to type the the Chinese name of Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest, from Google Translate, convert the word "Big Bear Cherry Blossom Forest" from English into Chinese Traditional. Copy and paste the translation on the tripool web app.

10.6 Lung Yen Mobile Sakura Forest

From a real sakura forest, let's go to a mobile forest. Lung Yen cementery is a secret spot to see cherry blossoms in New Taipei. Yes! You read it right. It's a cementery. But don't be afraid to get here, because what you are going to see are not tombs but large sakura trees on large pots. Hence, the name mobile making the cherry blossoms here to be taken anywhere.



When I first came here, the entire place was raining petals. The wind was blowing strong that the place is showering with cherry blossoms. Had it been that I visited early, then I would have a great set of photos. The cherrry blossoms here are of the Tairyo type and Yoshino type.


Visitors can get to Lung Yen Mobile Sakura Forest via tripool taxi. With its close proximity to Tamsui's Tianyuan Temple, tourists can get to these places in just one day. Check the sample itinerary below to help you in booking your trip in tripool taxi.

[Google Map]


Type of cherry blossom: Tairyō sakura (大漁櫻)


How to get here: Board the Taipei MRT at alight at Tamsui Station. Go to Exit 2 and transfer to either Bus 860,861,862,863,864,865,866 or 867. Alight at Sanzhi Station (三芝站). Get a taxi and tell the driver to bring you to Lung Yen Life Group (龍巖真龍殿). Tell him also that you want to see yīnghuā aka cherry blossoms (櫻花). Do not forget to get the driver's calling card for your return trip.


Status of flowering during my visit. Already past the full bloom and the petals are raining everywhere! A pink variety had been starting to appear and I expect this type of sakura to blossom in two weeks.


The tower of Lung Yen Life Group.  From what I know, it is some sort of cemetery.
The cherry blossoms had already lost most of their petals
I was still lucky to find some trees with a lot of flowers. 
The fallen petals in the road
What a pity! The place could had been more beautiful if the trees did not shed their precious petals.
It is a mobile forest due to the fact that the sakura trees can be moved from one place to another.  Just look at their bases.
The flowers here were of the Tairyō sakura (大漁櫻) type.
They are more white compared to the Tairyō sakuras in Chiang-kai Shek Memorial Hall.
Visitors usually bring their own cars to see this place.  
Luo-Mu Jie and the mobile sakura forest
The tower of the Lung Yen Life Group was really intriguing.  I should feature this building in my blog someday.
The rays of the setting sun illuminated the whole place.
The base of the sakura trees with fallen petals.
looks "forested"
Aside from the while cherry blossoms, there were also pink varities and probably at the end of March it will be in full bloom.
The mobile forest of the pink varieties that are yet to blossom.
Yeah!

10.7 Wugu District

A formber gambling site turned into a cherry blossom avenue. Who would thought such place can be a sakura site? Stretching for about 10 meters, the riverside near Tianyi Road becomes a hotspot to see a yaesakuras. Being planted beside the creek, the temperatures here were cooler than most in places in the city. The trees were first planted almost a decade ago and it took five years for the first flowers to appear.


When I first visited this spot in Wugu District, I was awed to see the pink to red color of the yaesakuras. However, the riverside needs some cleaning. If you want to see a more touristy spot, then it's better to go to other places to see cherry blossoms.


How to get here: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Luzhou Station. Go to Exit 1 and transfer to Bus 704. Get off the bus at Cheng De Park (成德公園) and walk for 550 meters to reach the street planted with yaesakuras.


Status of flowering during my visit: 70%


The sakura trees are planted along the banks of a creek.
The cherry blossoms here are of the yaesakura type.
It was reported that this area in Wugu District was a former gambling site.
The place is now safe to walk by and it became more beautiful with these cherry blossoms.
the flash effect
How would you feel if you wake up in the morning and see the red petals of the yaesakuras?
The yaesakuras have multiple petals and different from the usual Japanese flowering cherry varieties.
Flowering was at 60-70% rate at the time of my visit.
The sakuras with the creek

10.8 Kao Gao Keng Creek

How to get here: Board any local train of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and alight at Xike Station. Go to Exit 1 and follow the elevated railroad tracks of the TRA going to Taipei. Turn left when you see a creek. Walk along its banks up to Xiding Road and enjoy every sakura tree that you will see there.


Status of flowering during my visit: Some of the trees were already in full bloom. Other trees have opened half of its buds. There were also leafless cherry blossom trees with buds just waiting for the right conditions to blossom.


Xike Station
Go to Exit 1 after alighting at Xike Station

10.9 New Garden City

Taiwan's cherry blossom won't be complete without a visit to Wulai New Garden's City. Coupled with a trip to Wulai Old Street, visitors enjoy taking pictures with trees full of sakuras. The flowers appear every last week of January to the first week of February. You can just hop on Bus 849 from MRT Xindian Station to reach this place.


The same bus also starts from Taipei Main Station. But Expect a very tiring ride if you decide to start your journey from there. It would also make a stop at MRT Xindian Station and this vehicle is usually packed with people, wishing to dip their bodies in the hot springs of Wulai. Anticipate more visitors during the cherry blossom season. To avoid the hassle of waiting too long for Bus 849 and standing for one hour, because there are no more seats left, book your trip with tripool taxi.


Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom


How to go to New Garden City:

1. by bus: Board the Taipei MRT and alight at Xindian Station. Transfer to Bus 849 and alight at Shēnzhàng Bridge (伸仗橋)

2. by tripool taxi

tripool taxi web app: https://www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji


Price comparisons of one-way fares in tripool taxi going to Shenzhang Bridge bus stop (New Garden City cherry blossoms). Up to a maximum of 8 passengers can be book in one ride.
Pick-up pointDestinationDistanceTravel timeEstimated fare in tripool taxi
# of passengers
1 or 2348
Taipei Main StationShenzhang Bridge17.9 kms33 mins7247607971,530
MRT Ximen Station22.8 kms33 mins7527908271,561
Taoyuan Station38.1 kms45 mins9209661,0121,746
Taoyuan HSR Station51 kms48 mins1,0151,0651,1161,850
The view after alighting at Bus 849
The pink color was cut by the green color of sakura trees that already shed its flowers.

The flowering this year was better compared to last year.
I have to be careful here!
Standing in the middle of the road was a bit dangerous because of passing cars.
A taxi trapped between the flowers of the cherry blossoms
New Garden City (花園新城)
It was another great day for cherry blossom viewing.

10.10 Yinghua Park

The humble beginnings of the luomujie blog's Sakura Series started in Yinghua Park and I will never forget my trip here. A ordinary park planted with native cherry blossoms of Taiwan, locals come here to greet the opening of the island's sakura season. Just like New Garden City, it is located in Wulai District and also close to Wulai. The flowers appear during the late-January and early February. It would be a triple treat if you will visit Yinghua Park, New Garden City, and Wulai in one day by tripool taxi.


Location: Yinghua Park (櫻花公園)[Google Map], New Taipei City. The English translation of the Chinese characters means 'Sakura Park'.

How to get here: From MRT Xindian Station, board Bus 849 and then alight at Meihua Lake (梅花湖 ) bus stop [Google Map].

10.11 Sanzhi Sansei Trail

How to get here: Board the Taipei MRT. Alight at Tamsui Station and transfer to Bus 862, 863, 865, 867 and 892. Get off the bus at Xīnzhuāngzi (新庄子) and walk for 290 meters to reach the entrance of the Sansei Trail.

[Google Map]


Status of flowering during my visit: 60-80% of the flowers have opened. Leaves can be seen on some branches.


trail map

Welcome to Sansei Trail!

10.12 National Taipei University Sanxia Campus

A school campus becomes a tourist attraction in Taiwan when showa cherry blossoms and other sakuras blossom every mid-March. National Taipei University with its main campus in Sanxia District is a secret spot to see cherry blossoms. Visitors wishing to see to get the most out of their visit must go in the morning, around 10 am to get the best pictures of the trees. Anyone can enter the campus without the need to show an ID card.

Status of flowering during my visit: full bloom

How to go to National Taipei University Sanxia Campus: Board Bus 916 from MRT Yongning Station (Blue Line) and alight at National Taipei University (Sanxia Campus) [臺北大學(三峽校區)] [Google Map].   Start searching for the cherry blossom at Yuanfei Blvd. [Google Map] inside the campus.

11. HSINCHU CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOT

Taiwan's silicon valley should not be left out when it comes to cherry blossom viewing. Similar to Miaoli, most of its sakura trees are growing on the mountainous regions. Tourists must set a big amount of money just to get there by private car. But there is one lone bright spot and I'm very sure that this is a very easy place to visit. Just a walking distance from TRA Hsinchu Station is a park that is glowing and blooming every spring. The cherry blossoms there glow against the darkness like the stars at night.

11.1 Hsinchu Park

How to go to Hsinchu Park: Board any train of the TRA and alight at Hsinchu Station. The sakura trees are located in Hsinchu Park and one must pass through the Railway Station Underpass to get to the rear side of the train station via Exit 6. Continue walking up to the end of the Lane 1 Dongnan St. until you see the flyover in Section 1, Dongda Road. Turn right at this intersection. The road will lead you to Hsinchu Park


Status of flowering during my visit: Blossoming was not good. Most of the trees already have leaves although some buds of the cherry blossoms are yet to open.


The park was alive at night because of the cherry blossoms.
There were already leaves on the branches of some trees ...
... but seeing the flowers will make you forget about the shades of green on the tree.
A visitor takes a photo of the cherry blossoms with her smartphone.
lamp post with cherry blossoms
The flowering last year was better but this year was still good enough to appreciate sakuras in Taiwan.
The light illuminates the pink color of the cherry blossoms.
Professional photographers taking good photos of the sakura tree.

12. MIAOLI CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOT

The province of Miaoli is not known to be a sakura hotspot and whenever I heard of the place, I only think of three things: 1) you can pick strawberries there, 2) do woodwork in town of Sanyi and 3) feel farm life at Flying Cow Ranch. Often bypassed by travellers, because a lot of tourists chose to visit first Taichung. Miaoli has a lot of offer that will international visitors will love to visit. In 2018, I visited one for the Sakura Series and it was a very interesting park.

12.1 Tongluo Firecracker Flower Garden

Orange vs pink. A war is happening in Taiwan every spring. It's a battle between the warm color of the firecracker flowers versus the cheerful aura of the cherry blossoms. Which flower will reign supreme? Which blossoms will be hailed as the queen of spring? Let's find out. Haha!



The arena can be found in Tongluo Township in Miaoli province. A quiet town where no one expects a fight between two things. In a road where vehicles of the Hsinchu bus company pass by, a hill can be found and it usually covered with green leaves. There was nothing special here except that one can see a town and its dry river from an observation platform.

Every spring starting in January, a magical event happens. The once covered roadside suddenly changes in color. From green, it forms patches of orange. The transformation is so amazing that little by little flowers sprout on each vine, which had been hanging on the wall for a long time. At this phase, the battles starts to begin when the firecracker flowers invade the Huanbao Park.


Not long after, the sakura trees above the hill will show its buds, taunting the firecracker flowers in a duel. With the right weather conditions, the mountain cherry blossoms will attack the place in a blitzkrieg fashion, much to everyone's surprise. At full bloom of our beloved sakuras, the firecrackers have also formed a great wall along the roadside.

Pink vs orange. Cherry blossoms vs firecracker flowers.Expect an exchange of petals as each flower dominates their respective areas. Above the hill are our mountain cherries while down below the hillside are the orange ribbon-like blossoms. It's a competition! A quest for supremacy under the shining sun.

My verdict?People come here to see the cherry blossoms with the firecracker flowers as an added bonus.   So the winner? Team sakura!

13. Nantou cherry blossom viewing spots

The only landlocked province of Taiwan is home to a thousand or even more cherry blossom trees. Central Taiwan won't be complete if you don't mention Nantou. Who would ever forgot Cingjing Farm and Hehuanshan? Taiwan's top attractions are here and visitors often go to the largest alpine lake of the island which is called Sun Moon Lake.


Literally and figuratively, the heart of Taiwan has two of the best places to see cherry blossoms. I was skeptical at first, if it can give me my money's worth, so I visited them to see for myself. And I was totally surprised! Because Nantou's Sun Moon Lake Ropeway and the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village can challenge the Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival. There are still other sakura viewing spots that are just waiting to be discovered by foreign visitors. Two of them are now featured on this ultimate cherry blossom guide.

13.1 Caopingtou

Caopingtou cherry blossoms

A tea plantation located near Yushan National Park. Mystique, magical, mysterious. I thought I have seen all of Taiwan. But I was wrong! Caopingtou is a wonderland for those who are always seeking new places. I will never forget the first time that I've been to this place. I think the right term for this place is a neverland. Haha!

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Bus 6739 from Sun Moon Lake's Shuishe Visitor Information Center leave twice a day to go to Alishan every morning. One of its stops is Caopingtou. Tourists are required to buy tickets before boarding the vehicle so that they will be given priority on the queue. Once those with tickets have already entered the bus, EasyCard holders can now enter provided that there are seats left. Arriving at the gate of the Capingtou tea plantation, visitors will have to pay the entrance fee of NTD 50.

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A lush greenery with patches of pink. During my visit, the mountain cherries were almost in full blossom and visitors can't stop themselves from taking pictures. To get the most out of your trip, you will have to explore the entire tea farm. You will not only see the mountain cherries but you will also the pink flowers of the kawazu sakura.

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