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].
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!!