Thursday, June 17, 2021

Breathtaking Plum Blossoms in Taiwan

Winter is a good time to enjoy plum blossoms in Taiwan. There are many popular places across Taiwan that are famous for plum blossom appreciation. Among them are plum tree farms in central Taiwan’s Nantou County and some public parks in Taipei City.

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Plum blossoms in Taiwan’s Nantou County

In Nantou County, Xinyi Township and Renai Township are often referred to as the home to plum blossoms. The plum trees in Xinyi Township span about 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) and approximately 80 percent of them are concentrated at Fengguidou in Ziqiang Village. Additionally, Lona Village, Taiwan’s largest aboriginal community adjacent to Ziqiang Village, is also a popular destination for viewing plum blossoms.

The spectacular view of the plum trees in Nantou County’s Renai Township in central Taiwan. (Image: Courtesy of Zhang Bingqian)

In Renai Township, there are about 50 hectares (124 acres) of plum trees, which are mostly concentrated at Qingliu, Zhongyuan, and Meiyuan Tribal Settlements in Huzhu and Xinsheng Villages.

The beautiful plum blossoms in Nantou County’s Xinyi Township in central Taiwan. (image: Courtesy of Zhang Bingqian)

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park

The iconic Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park in Taipei City is known for its beautiful plum blossoms in northern Taiwan. With an area of approximately 25 hectares (62 acres), the Park is planted with around 200 plum trees in three distinctive categories: ornamental plum trees, pure fragrant plum trees, and edible plum trees.

The plum blossoms in Taiwan
The plum blossoms at the Taipei Shilin official residence. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

The ornamental plum trees in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Park are Gong-Fen plum trees (Gong-Fen Mume trees). Their blossoms are pink and are rather bigger. There are about 80 Gong-Fen Mume trees planted in the garden near the Dazhong Gate.

The plum blossoms at the Taipei Shilin Official Residence. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Pure fragrant plum trees have white and pink blossoms. They are rather smaller, but quite fragrant. They are cultivated by the Agricultural Research Institute of Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture.

The pink Gong-Fen plum blossoms in the Shilin Official Residence in Taipei. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Edible plum trees’ blossoms are white, and rather smaller, and will develop into fruit. As their fruit is sour and bitter, it cannot be eaten directly. It is mostly processed into plum preserves and fruit vinegar.

The pink Gong-Fen plum blossoms in the Shilin Official Residence in Taipei. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

The Shilin Official Residence

There are more than 100 plum trees planted on the two sides of the Residence’s Rose Garden, which was favored by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Madame Chiang when they lived there from 1950 through 1975. 

The pink Gong-Fen plum blossoms in the Shilin Official Residence in Taipei. (Image: Julia Fu / Nspirement)

Since many of the plum trees in the Shilin Official Residence are decades old, the sight of the plum blossoms there is as elegant as what is commonly seen on traditional Chinese paintings. 

Plum blossoms are especially meaningful for Taiwanese people due to the country’s special political situation. (Image: Billy Shyu / Nspirement)

Special meaning of the plum blossom

According to traditional Chinese culture, the plum blossom symbolizes the spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. It is the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the flower of Nantou County. On the other hand, it is also the corporate logo on the airplanes for Taiwan’s national flag carrier, China Airlines. 

In fact, The Plum Blossom (méi huā) is a popular patriotic song in Taiwan due to the meaningful connotation of the flower. It is the theme song for the Taiwanese film Victory (梅花) produced in 1976.

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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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