Thursday, June 17, 2021

A Trip to the Home of Plum Blossoms in Taiwan

Located in Nantou (南投), Taiwan’s only landlocked county in central Taiwan, Xinyi Township (信義鄉) is home to plum blossoms. Its plum trees span about 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres), and approximately 80 percent of the trees are concentrated at Fengguidou (風櫃斗) in Ziqiang Village (自強村). In addition, Lona Village (羅娜村), Taiwan’s largest aboriginal community adjacent to Ziqiang Village, is also a popular destination for those who enjoy the beauty of plum blossoms.

A session of the Liou Plum Farm (枊家梅園) in central Taiwan
A session of the Liou Plum Farm (枊家梅園) in central Taiwan’s Xinyi Township. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Plum blossoms in Xinyi Township are usually in full bloom every year from late December to February of the following year. During this time of the year, plum flowers are virtually all over Nantou County. As a result, local people often refer to the winter as a floral season.

Plum blossom is the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the county flower of Nantou County in central Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Plum blossom is the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the county flower of Nantou County in central Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Please watch the following video of plum blossoms at Xinyu Township in central Taiwan’s Nantou County:

To mark the plum blossom season and promote tourism in the Xinyi township of Nantou County, the “Searching for Plum Blossoms in the Snow (踏雪尋梅)” activity kicked off on December 23, 2018 at the Dream Works of the Mei (梅子夢工廠), a winery run by the Xinyi Township Association of Farmers (信義鄉農會). In addition, a variety of other activities are held on weekends throughout the season to attract additional visitors.

Some of the plum trees in the Liou Plum Farm (枊家梅園) were planted decades ago. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
Some of the plum trees in the Liou Plum Farm (枊家梅園) were planted decades ago. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

The annual festival will last until the end of January 2019 and always attracts a large number of visitors. Moreover, during the plum harvest season from March to April, the township will be swarming with even more visitors who will be enjoying plum picking activities.

For Taiwanese, plum blossom symbolizes the spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. (Image: Billy shyu / Nspirement)
For Taiwanese, plum blossom symbolizes the spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. (Image: Billy shyu / Nspirement)

Plum trees usually start blossoming in early spring, but the peak bloom time is often affected by weather and temperature. Also, plum blossoms may wither soon after they bloom due to weather conditions; therefore, visitors need to gather relevant information beforehand so as to enjoy blooms at their peak.

A beautiful Eugenia uniflora tree (紅果仔) at the Liou Plum Farm in Xinyi Township. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
A beautiful Eugenia uniflora tree (紅果仔) at the Liou Plum Farm in Xinyi Township. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

This year, owing to the dry weather with warm temperatures, many plum trees are not in full bloom as expected, but Xinyi Township is still a great place to appreciate the plum blossoms and enjoy the unique scenery and the cozy environment of this craggy township.

The beautiful Pyrostegia Venusta (炮仗花) is well growing around a betel nut (Areca catechu) tree. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)
The beautiful Pyrostegia venusta (炮仗花) is completely growing around a betel nut (Areca catechu) tree. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)

Apart from the crystal beauty of the plum blossom and its subtle fragrance, the Taiwanese people also appreciate that it is one of the four noble plants (四君子: 梅 the plum, 蘭 the orchid, 竹 the bamboo, and 菊 the chrysanthemum) in terms of classical Chinese artwork.

There are about 300 Euphorbia leucocephala (細雪聖誕、白雪木) trees in the Liou Plum Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)
There are about 300 Euphorbia leucocephala (細雪聖誕、白雪木) trees in the Liou Plum Farm. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Furthermore, the plum blossom not only is the county flower of Nantou County, but it is also the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan), as the plum blossom symbolizes the spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. In fact, Taiwan’s national air carrier, China Airlines, displays a large plum blossom as the logo on all of its airplanes.

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Billy Shyu
Billy has a liking for the beauty of nature and authentic traditonal culture. He has published over 100 articles on the beauty of Taiwan, traditional culture, and other interesting topics. He will continue to share more interesting articles with our readers
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