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Alishan swathed in cherry blossoms

Japanese cherry trees are seen in blossom beside County Road 169 near Jhangshu Lake in Taihe Village in Chiayi County’s Meishan Township on Jan. 25.

Photo: Yu Hsueh-lan, Liberty Times

The cherry blossom season in the mountains around Alishan in Chiayi County will arrive around the middle of March. Taiwan and Japanese cherry trees and plum trees are now starting to blossom one after another, giving the area a warm-up for the coming cherry blossom season.

Yeh Chiu-yuan, former chairman of the Alishan Township Council, says that Taiwan cherry trees are starting to blossom in the Dinghu area and are expected to be at their most spectacular around the time of the Lunar New Year. At the moment, however, the place with the most beautiful blossoming scenery, covering about a hectare, is the plum tourist farm at Kezihlin in Rueili in Meishan Township. Chiu Fang-chuan, who runs the farm, says that Japanese plum trees are in full blossom at the moment, and red-fleshed plum trees will come into flower within a few days. If it does not rain, the trees may go on flowering for two to three weeks, he says.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Julian Clegg)





1. one after another phr.

陸續 (lu4 xu4)

例: The players entered the field one after another.


2. blossom n., v.

花 (hua1)

例: Apple blossom petals littered the ground


3. warm-up n.

暖身 (nuan3 shen)

例: A warm-up before swimming helps prevent cramps.


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