Clouds and Flowers = The Perfect Day to Visit the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival

First Picture of the Day
First Picture of the Day
Taichung Flower Festival
Taichung Flower Festival
Bee and Cosmos
Bee and Cosmos
Field of Flowers 1
Field of Flowers 1
Taichung Opera House Display 2
Taichung Opera House Display 2

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…’

For more information, check out my previous post which gives more details about the festival and a post written last year about popular flower festivals in Taiwan.

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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!’ 🙂

Field of Flowers 2
Field of Flowers 2
horse display
horse display
panda display
panda display
love
love
lady bug display
lady bug display
Field of Flowers 3
Field of Flowers 3
Field of Flowers 4
Field of Flowers 4
Field of Flowers 5
Field of Flowers 5
arch display
arch display
lotus and frog
lotus and frog
mushroom house
mushroom house
fairy display
fairy display
bee and flower
bee and flower
Taichung Opera House Display
Taichung Opera House Display
Taichung Opera House Display and love sign
Taichung Opera House Display and love sign
smiley face and Taichung Opera House display
smiley face and Taichung Opera House display
swans
swans
early morning
early morning
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56 thoughts on “Clouds and Flowers = The Perfect Day to Visit the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival

  1. What beautiful photos, Constance. I love them all, very well captured. And that is some amazing cloud cover, certainly competing with the flowers there for some attention! The flowers definitely look so close together and dense, no wonder they look like carpets.

    That was very nice of your husband to buy you those flowers, I bet that made you feel good all day 🙂 ❤ I too like going early to events and places – less crowds, less noise and it's so much easier to see things up close. And yes, it's less hot and sunny especially if it's open-aired festival where the scorching sun would be beating down on you. It's so hard to enjoy the sights when you're sweating and feeling so hot and bothered 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Mabel!! It was so amazing there that it was hard not to take beautiful photos! Between my husband and I, we took over 400 pictures and it was so hard to narrow it down to about 20.

      Yes, my husband is the best and always very thoughtful. Flowers in Taiwan are really cheap when compared to the prices in Canada and to know that the roses were freshly cut that morning means that they will last even longer.

      If I am going to attend some event in Taiwan, I always try to go early and go on a weekday so I don’t have to deal with large crowds. I like to browse at my own pace and take my time and sometimes you can’t do this if it is hot or if there are too many people.

      1. I don’t blame you for taking 400 photos! I’m sure those flowers were a splendid sight, and it’s only during certain seasons that they look so gorgeous.

        Flowers tend to be cheaper in Asia, I think. In Australia, flowers are very expensive – one small bunch can cost you $30.

        Usually when it’s hot I don’t bother going to events in Australia. The sun here is really skin-burning 😛

        1. Yes, it cost only US$3 for a bunch of 20 roses as they were purchased directly from the farmer. I remember we paid over CAD$300 for wedding flowers in Canada and I actually had nothing fancy (just 20 roses tied together and 10 roses for each of the two bridemaids and a few other odds and ends – maybe 50 roses in total) but the roses were of a higher quality apparently.

  2. Gorgeous flowers! And what creative displays, too! And of courseーfantastic shots to make them all that more attractive. I always love your photos, but these in particular really made me smile! ^^ Well done on catching those bees at work, too! 😀

      1. Even betterーfull on team work! ^^
        I’m already looking forward to next year’s batch… And am inspired to hunt out more flowers for myself come spring! 🙂

  3. This place is absolutely wonderful, especially for a weekend getaway! Although I’ve never been there, I’m adding it to my bucket list right now!! Lovely pictures! :*

  4. You take the most amazing photos! I love the two photos with the bees.

    An hour north of here there’s a tulip festival every year–tulips and daffodils. It’s a fantastic sight, but it’s becoming so popular, the crowds make it hard to find a parking place. Maybe, like you, we should get up before dawn.

    1. Thanks, Nicki! However, I can’t take credit for them all – my husband took some of these photos as well (one of the photos he took was the last one which I absolutely love).

      A tulip festival sounds amazing – I would love to attend one. I bet it is very pretty!! And I have learned the hard way that if you want to explore something popular in Taiwan, get there early and try to go on a weekday.

    1. You probably would not know the city unless you are familiar with or have traveled to Taiwan. Yes, the flowers and the landscape was just great to photograph. And thanks for the compliment – I always try to look at the bright side of life!! Thanks for visiting and I hope your December is off to a great start!

  5. This is not the first time that you made me jealous about this festival. It’s wonderful, so colorful and incredibly artistic. Also your photos are very nice 😉

  6. I have seen, and taken part in, the flower festival (Infiorata) in Spello, Italy. It is a wonderful contrast with the one you describe – I think it may even illustrate the cultural and artistic differences between Europe and the Orient. Beautiful pictures and what sounds like a fun day.

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