Starting in mid-April, the northern and central parts of Taiwan are covered with a white blanket — Tung blossoms, an icon of the Hakka culture for the members and friends of the Hakka community. Spring is also the season of fireflies and a good excuse to reconnect with nature after several weeks of self-imposed confinement (remember to keep a social distance of 1 meter outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic)!
If you live in northern Taiwan, you can refer to the “Tung blossoms map” launched by New Taipei City. Here is the list of three easy-to-access-to destinations to enjoy Tung blossoms.
1.平溪桐花火車 | Hop on a Train to See Tung Flowers in Pinxi!
Jingtong Railway Station is a traditional Japanese wooden station. You will find nearby the remains of a coal preparation plant and further up the hills the breathtaking Shifen Waterfall. As the tung blossoms season draws near, you can enjoy the beautiful views of blooming tung flowers along the way from Jingtong railway station to Shifen Station.
2.深坑賞桐步道 | Shenkeng Wanfu ecological park
Shenkeng, about a 15-minute drive from Taipei City, is a good place for you to relax on holidays. The 1-hectare Wanfu ecological park in Shenkeng District is now covered with snow-white tung flowers.
Continue to walk along Shenkeng Road, and you will see the trail behind the Arouyang mansion. The trail is worth a visit! Within one hour hike, you will arrive at the Tung blossom valley. After enjoying the Tonghua, you can also visit Shenkeng Old Street to taste the stinky tofu and Hakka cuisine.