The Plum Blossoms of Fengguidou

Fengguidou 1/1/2012

Plum King

Tucked away in the mountains of Xinyi Township, Fengguidou [風櫃斗] is an amazing area for seeing Plum Blossoms [梅花] every winter. I visited Fengguidou on New Year’s  Day this year and some of the plum trees were just starting to bloom. Here’s a small collection of photographs from the trip.

Fengguidou 1/1/2012

It’s a very lovely area if you can get there early. While the Plum Blossoms are in bloom, the narrow road up turns into a giant parking lot. This was my second visit to the area; the first was four years ago.

Fengguidou 1/1/2012

Balance

The Plum Blossom was designated as the national flower on July 24, 1964. The triple grouping of stamens [one long and two short] represents Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Three Principles of the People, while the five petals symbolize the five branches of the ROC government [Taiwan Government Information Office].

Fengguidou 1/1/2012

Orb

Getting There:

Location on Google Maps.

Directions: Follow Provincial HWY 21 towards Xinyi Township. Between Xinyi Elementary School and Xinyi Junior High School is a small sign pointing the way to Fengguidou [Mingde Street (明德街)]. A short distance after crossing Aiguo Bridge [愛國大橋] follow the winding Xinhe Industrial Road [信和產業道路] to Fengguidou. Depending on the weather, the blossoms usually last from the beginning of the year through the Lunar New Year.

Fengguidou 1/1/2012

Backpetaling

53 thoughts on “The Plum Blossoms of Fengguidou

  1. Absolutely spectacular photos — gorgeous work!

    (And I have to share: When I first read your headline, I’ll admit to reading “plump bosoms” instead of “plum blossoms.” That changed the meaning — just a tad…
    ;)

    Congrats on your Freshly Pressed nod!

  2. This is so refreshing to see in the dead of winter here in Colorado. We won’t see any blossoms until late March at the earliest!
    These are beautiful photographs.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  3. You’ve definitely captured the beauty of these magnificent trees with your photography. The veins on the flowers have always intrigued me and I especially like the last photo captioned, “backpetaling.” Very well done.

  4. Ooh, these are lovely. I like that you shot them from a couple of different angles and stages of opening. My favorite is the “Orb” one, as it’s beginning to blossom.

  5. What a beautiful sight that must be. Thanks for sharing. The blossoms seem so delicate. The cherry blossoms are starting to bloom here in Ireland and it is refreshing to see the bursts of colour after a dull winter. Congrats on being freshly pressed :)

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