Yangmingshan National Park

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On Saturday, Catherine, Hailey, and Jennifer treated me to a trip to Yangmingshan (陽明山) located just outside Taipei City. Yangmingshan used to be known as Caoshan (Grassy Mountain), however the name was changed in the 1950s to honor the Ming dynasty philosopher Wang Yang-ming (1472-1529). Because it was a Saturday and so many people do not work on Saturdays, the place had a lot of people there. The park was very easy and inexpensive to get to through Taipei’s bus network. It is flower season on Yangmingshan from late February to early April, so the place was filled with color (although we missed the Japanese Cherry Blossoms at their full bloom by about a week). Looking at a map of the park, there is still much to be explored, as we only went for a few hours to the flower show and the nearby flower farm.

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I look like a giant in this photo:

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And yes, there were lots of flowers:

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At the flower farm:

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The girls do what they do best, pose:

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Judging by the weather today, I don’t think I’ll do much of anything exciting.

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