Goats & Flowers – The 2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

Changhua Flower Festival
Changhua Flower Festival
2015 Changhua Flower Festival Balloon - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
2015 Changhua Flower Festival Balloon – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival

Date & Location

The Changhua Flower Festival always begins on the first day of the Lunar New Year and usually lasts for about a week or two. This year it started on the Thursday, February 19th and ended on Sunday, March 1st [which was yesterday]. Unfortunately, due to some unforseen drama with technology, I wasn’t able to write and publish this post before the festival ended. However, I still wanted to share some basic information just in case you find yourself in the Changhua area this time next year. [For more info, click here.]

The festival is held at the Xizhou Park in, you guessed it, Xizhou. Most people drive there themselves as public transportation is not an option [at least, not that I am aware of anyways.]

And the best advice I can give anyone wanting to attend is to get there early. You can park in the parking lot located right outside the venue. If not, you have to park further away and take a free shuttle [which could eat up a lot of time].

Year of the Goat Display - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Year of the Goat Display – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A close-up of one of the goats surrounded by flowers - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A close-up of one of the goats surrounded by flowers – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Another goat close-up among the flowers - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Another goat close-up among the flowers – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival

Themes/Details

The Changhua Flower Festival takes flower arranging to a whole new level. Different flower combinations and color schemes are carefully arranged and organized to create elaborate, life-size displays of the specific Chinese zodiac animal of the year and this year is no exception.

There are two main areas of the festival – one located inside a large glass building and various flower arrangements are scattered outside, throughout the park.

A Tour of this Year’s Flower Festival

As you walk through the entrance gate, your eyes are immediately drawn towards the large, carefully configured goat statue completely made out of flowers. The goat, wearing glasses, is the perfect way to welcome the new Lunar Year – the year of the goat.

One cannot help but appreciate the extensive amount of creativity, time, and effort it takes to align each flower preciously to create the picture perfect display. It is hard not to appreciate the amount of planning it takes in order to create such different and unique displays this year.

Once you walk inside the building, there is so much to see and admire. I mean, how can one not be impressed with the smell of lilies meeting you at the door, a cute goat greeting you at the entrance, and tons of orchids arranged perfectly? Plus, how can you not smile at all the Lunar New Year décor incorporated into the designs as well as the figurines which create an added touch to it all? This year, the festival had a royal theme with a king and queen, a prince and princess, along with several guards statues [carved out of styrofoam] included in the decor.

As you leave the building and make your way around the park, there are several displays – flowers placed to formed a heart and as you wander a little further, flowers are used to make a large flower as well as 2015. There are also other Chinese New Year décor  scattered outside as well. As you make your way around the circular loop of the park, there are vendors selling snacks and drinks, farmers selling fruit and vegetables, as well as a bouncy castle and other games targeted towards the younger generation.

Now, over to you!  Please share your thoughts about the what you think of the flower arrangements and festival décor in the comment box below! As always, I love to hear from you and thanks a lot of taking the time to visit!!

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2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
The Cute Flower Goat Sculpture located inside [2]  - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
The Cute Flower Goat Sculpture located inside [2] – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
The Cute Flower Goat Sculpture located inside - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
The Cute Flower Goat Sculpture located inside – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Chinese New Year's Display with a Goat and Orchids - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Chinese New Year’s Display with a Goat and Orchids – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Welcoming the Year of the Goat - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Welcoming the Year of the Goat – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Pretty Flowers - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Pretty Flowers – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Another Look at the Decor - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Another Look at the Decor – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Beautifully Displayed White and Purple Orchids - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Beautifully Displayed White and Purple Orchids – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Orchids and Lanterns - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Orchids and Lanterns – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Close-Up of Some Pretty Blooms - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Close-Up of Some Pretty Blooms – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A windmill decorated with flowers - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A windmill decorated with flowers – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A Single Tulip - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A Single Tulip – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A King and Queen Theme - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A King and Queen Theme – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A Close-Up of the Prince and Princess because I Love the Angle  - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
A Close-Up of the Prince and Princess because I Love the Angle – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Goats and a Balloon - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Goats and a Balloon – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Heart - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Heart – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou flower - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou flower – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
CNY Decor  - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
CNY Decor – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Flowers and a Sheep  - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Flowers and a Sheep – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Houses and Hello Kitty - 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
Houses and Hello Kitty – 2015 Changhua Flower Festival
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30 thoughts on “Goats & Flowers – The 2015 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

  1. Wow, fantastic photos as always! I loved the little goat/sheep with hearts for eyes, so cute! The big heart made of flowers was a sweet touch too. Do you know how big of an area it covers? It looks quite vast! ^^

    1. I am not sure about the actual size, but the park is quite big. It is also located in a smaller town of about 30,000 so there is lots of land available.

      I thought that sheep was the cutest as well. It is funny because my husband spotted it at the lantern festival last night. I walked right past it. It failed to capture my attention in the midst of all the bright lights!

  2. I see a lot of parades with flowers and different flower festivals. You wonder how people can keep coming up with new decorating ideas. But they always do. These are lovely. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous photos! I am especially impressed by the orchids. It’s not hard to grow most flower in LA — you just need water — but I’m death incarnate to orchids. I think it’s the wide temperature swings and lack humidity.

  4. So is it the year of the goat or the sheep? I’m still confused about that 😛 But look at all those cute goats/sheep! If that was the sort of flower arrangement they taught here, I’d definitely go for that!

    1. I think it can be either or – however, in Taiwan, it seems to be referred to more often as the ‘the year of the goat.’

      I love the creativity the goes into the designs. I am always amazed by how they can come up with unique designs year after year.

  5. The sheep in the second picture from the bottom is from a Chinese children cartoon called Xi Yang Yang, is it also famous in Taiwan? 😀

  6. Wow, what gorgeous images full of flowers.
    I like this annual festival because it tells me that spring is already here, and nature is back to life along with the flowers, the animals and the insects as well.

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