A Blanket of White: Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan [A Photo Essay]

The lighting (or lack there of) made this picture special - Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan (featured image)
The lighting (or lack there of) made this picture special – Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan (the black and white version)
The lighting (or lack there of) made this picture special - Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
The lighting (or lack there of) made this picture special – Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan – the original
Close-Up of a Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan
Close-Up of a Plum Blossom in Xin Yi, Taiwan

The place captured my interest right from the start! But it wasn’t really the town itself, but the white flowers that blossom there in late December and early January. I have always wanted to see the beauty of the plum blossoms! And I am pleased to say that we did indeed go there and I did indeed see them! Here is a quick re-cap of our time in Xinyi Township in Nantou!

I recently read on the internet that the plum blossoms were in full bloom and the best time to see them would be within the next few weeks. I knew if I wanted to see them, we would have to go on a Sunday. And against my better judgement, we went there on probably one of the most popular days.

So it was set! My husband and I got up at 5 a.m. and arrived to the area around 7 a.m. We got there early, so parking wasn’t a problem. It was so beautiful, so peaceful. A few others were there to admire the blossoms but after walking 200 or 300 meters, they were quickly left behind. The path was gentle rolling with a few inclines here and there. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning: the view of the surrounding mountains, the blue skies, the hill covered with plum blossoms, the still, clean air – you get the picture!!

We had been there for about 3 hours and we were nearly to the top of the sort of small hill. The walk actually wasn’t that long – we just took too many pictures. There were no blossoms growing as were approached the top. However, the top view was, in my opinion, the best view of all. In this case, the best was definitely saved ’til last. The view of the hill covered with snow colored blossoms was absolutely stunning, picture perfect. My husband and I stood at the top and only the two of us shared this little piece of paradise. Several people looked like little ants at the bottom – little did they know what a magical moment they were missing at the top!! I thought the view from the top would be the same as the entire path but it wasn’t. It was pretty spectacular.

Here are a sample of the photos we took. And as always, sorry in advance for the amount of photos included in this photo essay.

Have you ever seen plum blossoms (or cherry blossoms) before?  If not, would you like to?  Which picture in this collection is your favorite?  Be sure to drop me a line in the comment box below.  I would love to hear from you.

Path to see the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (2)
Path to see the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (2)
A Single Plum Blossom in Xinyi, Taiwan
A Single Plum Blossom in Xinyi, Taiwan
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (1)
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (1)
Path to see the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan
Path to see the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan
Another Single Plum Blossom in Xinyi, Taiwan
Another Single Plum Blossom in Xinyi, Taiwan
Lookin Down - Plum Blossom Season in Xinyi, Taiwan
Lookin Down – Plum Blossom Season in Xinyi, Taiwan
Close-Up of a Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (1)
Close-Up of a Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (1)
Close-up of two Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
Close-up of two Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
View of the Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
View of the Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (2)
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (2)
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (3)
Close-Up of the Plum Blossoms in Xin Yi, Taiwan (3)
Plum Blossoms Galore in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossoms Galore in Xinyi, Taiwan
Lookin Down - Plum Blossom Season in Xinyi, Taiwan (2)
Lookin Down – Plum Blossom Season in Xinyi, Taiwan (2)
Plum Blossom Viewing Season in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossom Viewing Season in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossoms and Beautiful Sky in Xinyi, Taiwan
Plum Blossoms and Beautiful Sky in Xinyi, Taiwan
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37 thoughts on “A Blanket of White: Plum Blossoms in Xinyi, Taiwan [A Photo Essay]

  1. PLUM BLOSSOMS!!! My favorite!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
    How wonderful to see them spread out all over! YJ and I went plum blossom hunting today (the plum blossom festivals have started) but alas because of the recent cold snap, they were few and far between. Hoping they'll look something like the photos you took, soon!
    (Also we learned that many plum blossom types were actually initially brought over from Taiwan to begin with! I took a photo of the sign stating that, so hopefully I'll have more detailed info for when my post goes up. :))

    1. I can understand why they are your favorite – they are just beautiful! I had no idea that they were brought over to Japan from Taiwan. However, it is understandable because they are so pretty. I look forward to reading all about your plum blossom adventures!! 🙂

  2. Why are you apologizing for the amount of photos? Do you think it is too little? It is a photo essay, it is expected to be filled with photos! 😀

    I have tasted plum blossom wine, but have never seen plum blossoms. It is interesting to see the flower now, they are so pretty! 🙂

    1. I am just being a polite blogger. Apparently, in the blogging world, there is a thing as too many photos in a post, hence my apology in advance. However, in all honesty, I really don’t care about blogging etiquette and I like to do my own thing because, well, it is my blog! 🙂

      The flowers are indeed pretty!! I am not sure if I ever sampled plum blossom wine (maybe I have) but I sure love the sour coated plums!!

  3. My favorite is “Plum blossoms galore.” When I studied Chinese brush painting, during our first few months all we painted were plum blossoms–free-style plum blossoms and detailed plum blossoms. When our professor thought each one was ready, he told him or her to paint the plum-blossom graduation piece, “One hundred plum blossoms.” (Or maybe it was called “Ten thousand plum blossoms.”) Anyway, it looked something like “Plum blossoms galore.”

    I also like all your closeups. They look exactly like the plum blossoms we were supposed to paint.

    1. Thank you, Nicki!

      Painting that many plum blossoms sounds like a very challenging endeavor. It must have taken awhile to produce the final product but I imagine it was beautiful!! I love your paintings (you have included some of them in your blog posts) – you are very talented!

  4. Beautiful!!

    If you ever go to Spain you have to go to a place near my hometown where they have many cherry trees. Google “cerezo en flor” and you will see! 😉

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