2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hualien, Miaoli, Yilan & more!
2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival (Photo: Eva P.)
Event: 2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival
Location: Changhua County, Hsinchu County, Hualien County, Miaoli County, Nantou County, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Taitung County, Taoyuan County, Yunlin County & Yilan County
Hakka Tung Blossom Festival is one of Taiwan’s major floral events happening around March to May in many Taiwan destinations, including Changhua County, Hsinchu County, Hualien County, Miaoli County, Nantou County, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Taitung County, Taoyuan County, Yunlin County and Yilan County, mostly in places where Taiwan Hakka people live. The 2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival will take place around Taiwan from 2012/04/14-2012/05/20.
Tung trees were mainly planted at places where Hakka people live and are a significant symbol of Taiwan Hakka culture. Tung Trees are deciduous trees that can grow up to about 20 meters tall, can be commonly found in southern China, Burma, and mostly northwestern Taiwan. Large numbers of Tung Trees were planted during the Japanese colonization period in the hills of Miaoli as the location has the ideal condition for its growth. In the past, most of the Hakka people made living by extracting oil from Tung Tree seeds, flowers as food ingredients, and wood as raw materials. Today, Tung trees are no longer the major crop of Hakka as there are cheaper alternatives, but Hakka people still cherish for the good things that Tung trees have given them in the past.
There are two species of Tung Trees in Taiwan include aluerites fordii hemsj that blooms around April to July and aleurites Montana that blooms a bit earlier, from March to May. Tung Blossoms are favored for their appearance of pristine white petals and red filaments with yellow anthers. When it comes to the Tung blossom festival, these beautiful Tung blossoms cover the country roads and hills in large numbers and size, providing mesmerizing sceneries just like a layer of snow.
The 2011 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival has attracted more than 8 million visitors, and this year, the 2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival is expected to mark a higher record of more than 1 billion visitors. For your 2012 Hakka Tung Blossom travel, you are not only to see picturesque Tung blossoms, but also invited to sample a wide array of Hakka delicacies and enjoy a number of events include concerts and performances for your Taiwan travel.
Please visit the official web site of 2012 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival for more information (currently the web site is only available in Mandarin).