C is for Cherry Blossoms

On the third day of the A-to-Z Challenge, I wrote a photo essay on cherry blossoms in Taiwan. Hope you like the flowers as much as I did. 🙂

 

C is for CHERRY BLOSSOMS

The cherry blossoms of Taiwan

Every spring, Taiwan’s cherry blossom varieties bloom from February to April. Flowers range from white to yellow to pink. Some varieties have five petals on each flower, while other varieties have twenty petals or even a hundred! To read up more on cherry blossom varieties, click here.

There are a few favourite cherry blossom viewing locations in Taiwan, including Yangmingshan National Park of Taipei, Wulai and Alishan Mountain. I decided to visit the nearest viewing place, which was Yangmingshan National Park. The park can be reached via public bus Red5 from the Jiantian MRT station. That was the bus I got on.

 

Yangminshan National Park, Taipei

Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei

 

The Yangmingshan Flower Festival stretches from 26 February to 28 March.  Visitors to the park can spend the day exploring its 90 hectares of beautiful Chinese-style gardens, complete with walking trails, fish ponds, fountains, buildings and pavilions.

Cherry blossoms

Five-petaled yoshino cherry blossoms

 

Yoshino cherry blossoms are common in Yangmingshan National Park and produce slightly pink, almost white, five-petaled blossoms. They are particularly eye-catching because their fresh leaves do not emerge until after the peak of the flowering season.

 

Butterfly in the cherry blossom tree

A butterfly in a yoshino cherry blossom tree

 

Cherry blossoms

Yoshino cherry blossoms

 

I loved the cherry blossoms. I did not know that cherry blossoms were common in Taiwan, until I did some research online in preparation for this trip.

 

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom trees

 

Cherry blossoms in Yangminshan National Park, Taipei

Cherry blossoms in Yangminshan National Park, Taipei

 

Another variety of cherry blossom common in Taiwan is the Formosan cherry, which is also known as the Taiwan mountain-cherry tree. Its bright pink flowers can light up the skyline when blossoming in tandem, and are considered by many to be the most beautiful.

 

 

Pink sakura

Pink formosan cherry blossom

 

Cherry blossoms with more than five petals  are called yaezakura varieties. They are usually the last trees to open their flowers, with blooming periods about two to four weeks after most five-petaled species have flowered.

 

Multi-petaled cherry blossom

Yaezakura cherry blossoms

 

 

 

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About khorhmin

Khor Hui Min thinks of life as a continuous learning process and believes in a healthy balance in work and life. She is a freelance writer, who is active in publishing poems and short stories. She moonlights as a facepainter for the Malaysian Nature Society, and also enjoys creating and carving pottery. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Science (Environmental Science). You can read more of her writing at https://projectprose.wordpress.com/ and https://huiminskitchen.wordpress.com/
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