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.