Cherry blossom viewing is an increasingly popular springtime activity. More and more cherry trees are being planted in hilly suburbs and downtown areas of New Taipei City. The city’s Tourism and Travel Department says that cherry trees start to blossom by the end of January, but people have already seen some trees blooming ahead of time in Wulai.
Apart from Wulai, which is a well-known place for cherry blossom spotting, Sanjhih, Tamsui, Pingsi, Jinshan and Shihding also provide plenty of observation points. Cherry trees in these areas come into blossom at the beginning of February. These places could be good options for outdoor walks over the Lunar New Year holidays.
The tourism bureau says that there are several varieties of cherry tree in Wulai, with each variety blossoming at diffe-rent times. The Taiwan cherry, Yoshino cherry and Yaezakura cherry come into flower one after another. The best time to view them is between February and March. Cherry blossoms are to be seen all over Wulai’s scenic area, as well as various kinds of mountain birds that flock among the flowers, so people can enjoy the cherry blossoms and go birdwatching at the same time.
photo: reuters 照片：路透
The Cherry Blossom Avenue and Tianyuan Temple are two new spots for admiring cherry blossoms in the Tamsui area. The Cherry Blossom Avenue is about three km long, with 1,200 native Taiwan cherry trees and 500 of the Yoshino variety. They blossom in February, creating a stunningly beautiful scene when they are in full bloom.
About five km from Tamsui lies the Tianyuan Temple, where 600 Yoshino cherry trees blossom in mid-to-late March. So many visitors come to see these flowers that the line of vehicles can stretch for several kilometers.
Cherry trees have been being planted along roadsides in Sanjhih since 1996. There are now 15,000 of them along almost 70 km of road, and they can be seen in full bloom in early February.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)
1. spot v.
看見 (kan4 jian4)
例: Train spotting is my favorite hobby because I like trains.
2. option n.
選擇 (xuan3 ze2)
例: Many people learn English and Japanese, but German, French and Russian are other good options.
3. stunning adj.
令人驚艷的 (ling4 ren2 jing1 yan4 de5)
例: The bride looked stunning in her white wedding dress.
Wednesday is April 1, when people in many countries worldwide celebrate the custom of “April Fool’s Day.” On this day, they play pranks on each other, the pranksters gleefully calling those hapless enough to fall for the joke an “April Fool.” Nobody really knows for certain when, where or why the custom started. We have more certainty over the origins of the word “fool” itself, although some details remain unclear. The word, which refers to a silly, stupid, or ignorant person, is thought to originate in the early 13th century, deriving from Old French fol, meaning a madman or insane person.
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, recently joined Queen Elizabeth II for a Commonwealth Day ceremony — their final public event before bowing out as senior royals on March 31. The couple stunned the monarchy with their announcement in January that they will quit as working members of the royal family, hoping to seek a financially independent life in Canada. According to AFP, the couple complained about their struggles with media intrusion, an issue for Harry who witnessed how paparazzi pursued his mother Diana until her death in a car crash. Harry, the second son of Prince
In the 17th century, residents in the remote English village of Eyam quarantined themselves to prevent the spread of bubonic plague. Many paid with their lives. Now their descendants and locals are outraged that a steady stream of visitors has ignored government warnings to stay at home to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Last weekend, walkers were out in force in the spring sunshine in the Peak District National Park, and traipsed through the village, which is home to about 1,000 people. Local councilor Claire Raw said residents, a significant proportion of them elderly, were angry and urged people to leave. “We