On New Year’s Day I headed south to Xinyi Township to see the area’s plum blossoms [梅花]. I set out early and beat the traffic up the narrow, mountain road to Fengguidou [風櫃斗]. After a brief stop there to pick up some plum-related products I headed down the road to the Liujia Plum Farm [柳家梅園].
I exercised self-control: if I had parked every time I saw a plum tree it would have probably taken me two days to go up and down the winding Xinhe Industrial Road. Doing so was completely out of the question because I hadn’t packed a lunch.
The blossoms on the trees were very impressive during my visit; much better than my trip two years ago, but it would probably be a few days before the trees were in full bloom. Regardless, I’m happy with the photographs I was able to take during my visit.
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. To reach the Liujia Plum Farm, continue about 5 kilometers past Fengguidou and turn left at Niuchoukeng Forest Road [牛稠坑林道]. Depending on the weather, the blossoms usually last from the beginning of the year through the Lunar New Year.