Planning our 8-day trip to Taipei was not an easy task because there were simply too many attractions in Taiwan and there was not enough time to cover all of them! It all came down to prioritizing and timing, such that we could fit most of the places within the shortest period of time. One of the attractions that we did not want to miss was the Yangmingshan Flower Festival. Held every year during the spring months of February and March, this flower exhibition boasts mainly of sakura among other flowers.
Flowers in the bloom
Water fountain in the park
While what we could do was to plan, what we couldn’t do was to predict the weather. Of all the days that we were in Taipei, the day that we went to Yangmingshan turned out to be a wet one. Not exactly the perfect weather for an outdoor activity, that’s for sure. But armed with an umbrella, we persevered and stuck through the cold rain, together with many others who shared the same fate as us.
A wet day for the Flower Festival
When we saw the pretty sakura blooming in pink, it was almost worth the unbearable cold! They still looked gorgeous on a rainy and cold day, didn’t they?
with the pink flowers
Saucer and witch with the fountain
After walking around the park for a while, we could not stand the cold any longer and wished for something to warm us up. Fortunately, not too far away was a row of street food stalls, selling piping hot food. One thing to be sure of is that you will never run out of street food when you’re in Taipei! 🙂 We bought ourselves some warm ginger tea, some fried tofu, fried pancakes, as well as some sweet pancakes stuffed with red bean. Ah, what a satisfying lunch it was, although we had to eat in the rain.
Street food in Yangmingshan
Row of food stalls
Fried tofu /beancurd
We spent a couple of hours in Yangmingshan, but the weather was still unforgiving by the time we left. Getting there during the Flower Festival was quite easy because there were extra buses running extra routes from most of the nearby railway stations. We took a bus from Beitou railway station, and returned to the same station afterwards. Our next agenda after that was to head to the hot springs! Stay tuned for our next adventure to Beitou. 🙂
View from Yangmingshan
*Note: Read the rest of my Taiwan Escapade here!