‘Monkey’ing Around – The 2016 Changhua Flower Festival [2016花在彰化] in Xizhou, Taiwan

[A video tour of the festival is located above.]

Art Mural -  2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Art Mural – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Art Mural [2] -  2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Art Mural [2] – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Pink Cosmos - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Pink Cosmos – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
A monkey [?] Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
A monkey [?] Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

More than Just a Flower Festival

The Changhua Flower Festival, which was held in February this year, has long since come and gone, but this year it was more than just a festival. The day we went was the first time that I had felt normal in weeks and it was the first activity that I truly enjoyed as the morning sickness and fatigue had fully subsided.

Also, it was right after Chinese New Year and the year of the monkey had just commenced. The New Lunar Year brought new meaning with it as our little boy, which is scheduled to enter the world at the beginning of July, will be a monkey [according to the Chinese zodiac.] When we went to Xizhou, we had no idea if our baby was a boy or a girl, but it was very cool to see the male and female monkey creations scattered around the park as well as the building.

Orchid Wall - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Orchid Wall – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Orchids - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Orchids – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
A Single Rose - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
A Single Rose – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Kumquat & a Monkey - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Kumquat & a Monkey – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

The Theme

Like previous years, the theme centered around the Chinese zodiac of the New Lunar Year. And as I previously stated above, this is the year of the monkey, so there were lots of cute monkey displays mixed among the flower arrangements.

Location & Time

This festival always takes place in Xizhou Park in, you guessed it, Xizhou, Changhua County. It normally starts on the first day of the New Lunar Year and runs for about two weeks [but the duration sometimes varies from year to year.] Plus, like most festivals in Taiwan, admission is free.

Flowers & a Female Monkey - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Female Monkey – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Male Monkey - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Male Monkey – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Candy Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Candy Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Candy Display [2] - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Candy Display [2] – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey & Flowers - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey & Flowers – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Cute House [2] - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Cute House [2] – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Cute House - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Flowers & a Cute House – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey Display & Cool Tree - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey Display & Cool Tree – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey & Orchids - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey & Orchids – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Chinese New Year Flower Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Chinese New Year Flower Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

Photos Galore

It had been awhile since my camera had a workout, so I went all out photographing and videoing the event. I apologize in advance if you are sick of flower photos popping up all too often on my blog, but what can I say, I am truly a sucker for flowers.

….Which leads me to my question – What do you like to photograph?

And as always, thanks for dropping by! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monkey Flower Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Monkey Flower Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Heart Flower Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Heart Flower Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Bee Flower Display [2] - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Bee Flower Display [2] – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Bee Flower Display - 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan
Bee Flower Display – 2016 Changhua Flower Festival in Xizhou, Taiwan

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8 thoughts on “‘Monkey’ing Around – The 2016 Changhua Flower Festival [2016花在彰化] in Xizhou, Taiwan

  1. This is such a beautiful flower festival. So colourful and those monkey decorations (and the other new year decorations) seem so well thought out. Love the variety of your shots – close up, landscape and portrait.

    Good on you for knowing what you like to photograph. Judging from the clarity and well composing of your shots, this kind of photography looks right up your alley. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of photographing flowers but prefer landscape photography – sunsets and cityscapes are things that I like to point my camera at.

  2. There was a big flower exhibition in Suzhou and I thought about you! We were supposed to go last weekend because C. had free tickets but he saw videos of the place absolutely crowded and full of people so in the end we didn’t go…

  3. I don’t really care for the giant plastic monkeys or other displays, but oh, the purple orchids are truly beautiful. They are very hard to grow in this dry climate, which makes your pictures or orchids my favorite ones!

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