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].
I don’t know for sure if we were a week too late or a week too early for the peak bloom, no one in our group seemed to agree.
Regardless, I’m sure if you go next weekend there should still be plenty to see.
Although vastly outnumbered by the Plum Blossoms, the area did have a handful of Cherry Blossoms [櫻花]:
Group photo: chances are if you buy steel rope from Taiwan, it’s one of these beauties on the other end [please visualize the photo without me in it]…
Showing everyone how to jump for a picture. Proving it’s not how high you jump, it’s how high you kick your legs up:
Mmmm Mountain Pork, I haven’t had this since Alishan. Unfortunately, we ate down the road prior to discovering this stand, so I was too full to order a slab.
Cathy and I in front of the largest of the trees, the Queen Plum Tree [梅后]:
I think it was the fact that I was wearing a Steve Yzerman sweatshirt which made me less photogenic than Cathy.
An Aboriginal dance…
…and the host:
We got there pretty early, there wasn’t any traffic coming up. Once early afternoon hit the crowds started making their way up:
Another mountainside used for betel nut cultivation: