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.
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.
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].
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.