The annual Yangmingshan Flower Festival began yesterday, with more than 2,500 cherry trees expected to attract visitors during the month-long event.
The festival, which runs until March 18, features a wide range of flowers, including azaleas, camellias and peach blossoms.
Yen Chun-cheng (顏春城), director of Yangmingshan National Park’s management office, said several areas near the park — including the Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence, Shuangxi Park, Lin Yu-tang House, the Floriculture Experiment Center, Qianshan Park and Yangming Park — would serve as venues for the festival.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the various types of cherry trees were already 30 percent to 40 percent in blossom, and more flowers would be in full bloom in the coming weeks.
Hau said the public should also take the time to enjoy the mountain view and sample teas at the nearby Grass Mountain Chateau.
“Walking around the park to look at the flowers and then taking a rest at the chateau would make a great one-day trip in Yangmingshan. Hopefully, the beautiful flowers and the excellent tea will make everyone’s trip to the festival great fun,” he said.
Yangmingshan National Park’s Flower Clock Plaza will also feature various performances every week.
Yen said the cold weather had delayed the blooming season by about 10 days, with Japanese cherry and Formosan cherry blossoms expected to be in full bloom from later this month.
Taipei City’s Traffic Police Division urged visitors to take public transportation to the Yangmingshan National Park. Public buses that run to the park include bus Nos. 260 (from Dongyuan to Yangmingshan), 230 (from MRT Beitou Station to Yangmingshan) and the Red 5 (from MRT Jiantan Station to Yangmingshan).
Traffic control measures will be enforced along Yangde Boulevard, with vehicles entering the Yangmingshan area at the weekends being checked at Fuxing Bridge from 6am to 4pm for permits allowing them to drive up the boulevard.