Central Taiwan offers a wide range of landscapes, including basins, hills and more than two hundred peaks standing at more 3,000 meters, as well as a variety of plant species. There is, therefore, little wonder that the various types of flowers take turns to bloom around spring. Cherry blossoms will bloom first in February, followed by lavender blossoms in March and April and the blooming tung oil trees in May. Discover Taiwan will take you to a hidden lavender cottage in the mountains in Xinshe District, Wuling farm, the top destination to see cherry blossoms, and the New Era Art Resort & SPA covered by floral blankets.
Surrounded by countless mountains, the lavender cottage boasts a 960-square-meters field filled to the brim with lavenders on the hilly slopes of the district with the trails weaving through a sea of violet flowers. Tourists can stroll through lavender fields while bathing in the sun with the earthy floral scents. Thanks to the clean environment, the herbs are mostly grown in the organic fields. What’s more? The firefly season begins in mid-April during which the insects’ bioluminescent glow can be seen amid lavender fields.
Don’t miss the tasty dishes made with all kinds of fresh herbs from the Lavender Cottage when you visit the beautiful garden. Besides, the garden offers different dining areas including the Grace Garden filled with vanilla aroma and cherry blossoms and a plaza surrounded by vanilla plantations and Balinese architecture. The fragrance that filled the whole garden makes the dining experience more pleasant.
To celebrate the annual Lavender Festival, the Lavender Cottage joined hands with a local milk brand and launched a special meal — spicy risotto with shrimps and mussels. The special meal is priced at NT$ 390 (US$ 12.84).
Next to the lavender field, the Roccoco-styled carousel becomes the best photoshoot location. While taking a ride on the carousel, visitors can breathe in the scents and enjoy the picturesque view.
The carousel opens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It runs every half hour and charges NT$50 (US$ 1.65) per person and per ride.