Springtime in many East Asian countries is cherry blossom season, when each cherry tree’s thousands of buds burst into colorful pink and white blossoms. The earliest flowers begin to show as early as January, and in the higher altitude destinations, you can see the blossoms through April. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling during this time, check out in each region the best place to view cherry blossoms in Taiwan.
You don’t even have to leave the city to experience the picturesque cherry trees in bloom. If you’re in Taipei, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is probably your best bet. If you’re willing to take a day trip outside the city proper, you’ll find brilliant displays in Wulai Hot Springs and Yangmingshan National Park.
Sun Moon Lake
Each year, Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan hosts the Sun Moon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, and thousands of visitors come to see the 2,000 trees in bloom. Take a ride on the Sun Moon Lake ropeway to see the colorful spectacle from above on Taiwan’s highest aerial gondola.
Another popular cherry blossom viewing spot in central Taiwan is Wushe, particularly along the Puwu Highway. Nearby Aowanda National Forest gets a second burst of color when the leaves of its maple trees turn in autumn.
By far Taiwan’s most popular place for cherry blossom viewing, Alishan hosts an annual Alishan Cherry Blossom Festival with more than 19,000 trees blooming during March and April.