Amazing Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition

The 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition.

2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition was held on Oct. 9-15, 2020. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Jointly sponsored by the Taipei City Park Department and Taipei City Bonsai Association, the 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition (台北漢風盆景雅石展) was held at Shilin Official Residence Park (士林官邸公園) from October 9 through October 15.

Well-attended opening ceremony at the Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition

A grand opening ceremony was held at the Park’s outdoor music stage on the morning of October 9. Presided over by the president of the Taipei Bonsai Association Jenny Chang, the ceremony was attended by nearly 200 people.

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The opening ceremony of the 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition.
The opening ceremony is attended by many celebrities from home and abroad. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

Besides representatives from 14 bonsai associations across Taiwan, other distinguished guests include three countries’ ambassadors, other diplomats from 13 other countries’ embassies or Representative Offices to Taiwan, and delegates of bonsai associations in the United States, Germany, France, South Korea, and Indonesia. Please watch the following video of the 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition.

The bonsai wins first place at the 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition.
The bonsai wins first place at the 2020 Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

In her welcome remarks, Jenny Chang indicated that all the bonsai trees on display are exquisite and precious, including some rare or long-living ones, such as the broad-leaved podocarpus (羅漢松), the black pine (黑松), and the orange jessamine (月橘). She also mentioned that about 20 of them are over 100 years old, and the combined value of all these bonsai trees amounts to more than NT$100 million (US$3 million).

The President of the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan was invited to speak at the opening ceremony.
The President of the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan was invited to speak at the opening ceremony. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

When invited to speak at the opening ceremony, Amy Liang (梁悦美), internationally renowned bonsai master and honorary president of the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan, said that bonsai has become an integral part of Taiwan culture, and it helped her recover from depression.

President of Taipei Bonsai Association, Jenny Chang, gives her welcome remarks at the opening ceremony.
President of Taipei Bonsai Association, Jenny Chang, gives her welcome remarks at the opening ceremony. (Image: Billy Shyuvia Nspirement)

Entries in the exhibition

More than 100 amazing artistic bonsai and landscape bonsai in over 20 different species, as well as two dozen curious stones, were displayed at the exhibition. And all of them are very elegant and precious.

The bonsai set that won first place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition.
The bonsai set that won first place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

The bonsai trees and curious stones that won the first 10 places will enter the National Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition to be held in Changhua County in November to compete with other entries selected from similar local exhibitions across Taiwan.

The curious stone that won first place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition.
The curious stone won first place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition. (Image: Julia Fu via Nspirement)

DIY side event

The Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition also included a DIY side event that allowed the general public to experience the fun of creating their own bonsai and get a feel of growing miniature trees or plants. The event was free of charge, but participants needed to sign up with five Taiwan Government Uniform Invoices (統一發票). And all the invoices collected would be donated to charity.

The DIY Session at the Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition.
The DIY Session at the Taipei Hanfeng Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition. (Image: via Jenny Chang)

Benefits of the exhibition

This Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition attracted thousands of viewers. It has provided an opportunity for the general public to gain a deeper understanding of bonsai culture, and enjoy the excitement of creating their own bonsai. 

The Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition attracted thousands of viewers, both young and old.
The Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition attracted thousands of viewers, both young and old. (Image: via Taipei City Bonsai Association)

The popularity of Taiwan bonsai

Taiwan is famous for growing bonsai trees, and Taiwanese people often refer to bonsai as silent poetry, 3-D paintings, and living art. Not only is Taiwan bonsai loved by local people, but it is also highly appreciated by many people around the world.

The 45-year-old Shou Niangzi tree bonsai that is adored by an Arabian royal family.
The 45-year-old Shou Niangzi tree bonsai is adored by an Arabian royal family. (Image: via Jenny Chang)

One of the 45-year-old Shou Niangzi trees (壽娘子) on exhibit is themed “Wind Gone (風飄).” It is so elegant and beautiful that a prince of an Arabic royal family truly loves it. He even once sent a delegation to Taiwan trying to purchase the bonsai at a high price. But it was eventually turned down by the owner, as she just wanted to keep that precious bonsai in Taiwan. 

The bonsai that won second place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition.
The bonsai that won second place at the Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition. (Image: Billy Shyu via Nspirement)

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