Our Thursday morning began before the crack of dawn this week. We awoke to complete darkness and left our house just as the sun was beginning to make its presence. As we drove, we watched the big round sun gradually move into the sky while sometimes playing hide-and-seek under the abundance of clouds decorating the sky.
It was shaping up to be an awesome day to visit the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival.
We soon made our way to Xinshe, an area of Taichung known for its theme restaurants and beautiful scenery. We drove through the maze of roads, taking the right fork but deciding it was the wrong one, and then retracing our original steps. We let the balloons flying high in the sky (like the one pictured in the first photo) guide the way to the parking lots and the location of the festival.
When we arrived, there were very few people there which made ideal conditions for taking photos. The clouds created the perfect backdrop as we explored the fields of cosmos and other colorful flower fields near the festival’s entrance. We snapped photos and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
The festival has been underway for nearly 3 weeks now and there was evidence that it is nearing its end and will finish up next week on Sunday, December 7th. The cosmos appeared to be still in full bloom but other fields were only dotted with flowers as most had already passed their blooming stage. However, that meant it was easier to catch a bee photo as there were fewer flowers for it to fly to – so, I guess it could be considered as a blessing in disguise for a photographer. Also, there were several workers replacing wilted flowers with fresh new ones near the main attraction.
After enjoying the fields of flowers along the way, we made our way to this year’s main area. The main display this year is based on the newly constructed and just opened Taichung Opera House, (located only a 2 or 3 minute walk from two of Taichung’s most prominent department stores, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi and Top City). This building is known for its curves, creative design, and outside projectors on the side of the building and to honor its official opening, they created a mini-version of it for this year’s flower festival.
This area was just beautiful and it didn’t disappoint. The building sculpture was decorated with flowers and it was surrounded by different types of flowers, making a ‘flower carpet’ around the entire building. The areas leading up to the building had dolphin and lotus sculptures as well as two swans decorated with flowers, making the perfect entrance to the main area.
As the morning went on, more people arrived and it became hotter. And as usual, that was our signal that it was time to move on. We took the road less traveled back to the area selling fresh fruit and food. We ended up buying a box of grapes and three bags of passion fruit (the latter is my absolute favorite) as my husband purchased two bunches of freshly cut roses for me ‘just because…’
To my American readers, Happy Thanksgiving and have a great time splurging on yourself on Black Friday because, as my husband says, ‘everything is dirt cheap!’ 🙂