Best places to celebrate fall in Taiwan

Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan is a perfect place for people in northern Taiwan to see maple leaves color change. (Tourism Bureau)
Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan is a perfect place for people in northern Taiwan to see maple leaves color change. (Tourism Bureau)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan boasts a huge variety of plants that blossom all year long due to its tropical climate, especially fall which features a wide range of colors, including red, brown, ochre, green and more.

If you have a chance to travel around this season, here are some must-see destinations to discover the beauty of fall. In addition to maple leaves that turn yellow and red around this period of the year, silver grass and florist’s daisy are worth the trip too. In this chilly season, the color of Taiwan is remarkable. 

Silver grass at Caoling Historic Trail (PHOTO: Tourism Bureau)
Silver grass is seen at Caoling Historic Trail. (Tourism Bureau)

Silver grass blossom is another highlight of the season in northern Taiwan. If you are longing for a romantic walk among nature, the Caoling Historic Trail, located at the junction of New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮) and Yilan’s Toucheng Township (頭城), is a must. It is also a historic trail built during the Qing dynasty.

It’s called “Caoling” (草嶺), which means a grassing hill, because it only features silver grass, no trees. In fall, many people like to go hiking in the silver grass field and immerse themselves in nature.

You can also view silver grass blossom at Datun Nature Park (大屯自然公園) in Yamingsan National Park (陽明山國家公園), one of the most popular spots in northern Taiwan.

Miaoli's Tongluo Township Jiuhu village is known for its florist's daisy. (PHOTO: Hakka Culture Development Center)
Miaoli’s Tongluo Township Jiuhu village is known for its florist’s daisy. (PHOTO: Hakka Culture Development Center)

Also, Miaoli’s Tongluo Township (銅鑼) Jiuhu village (九湖村) is known for its florist’s daisy or chrysanthemum. Each November, the white flower blossoms and covers huge fields just like snow. The florist’s daisy is not only a visual highlight, but also a key ingredient for herbal tea.

The plant is grown in spring and harvested from late November to early December, meaning that the blossom season lasts for less than three weeks.

The maple leaves in Taiping Mt. National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan is stunning as well. (PHOTO: Tourism Bureau)
The maple leaves in Taiping Mt. National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan is stunning as well. (PHOTO: Tourism Bureau)

Between November and December, there are also many places where you can view maple leaves’ iconic red color. Besides the famous Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area (奧萬大國家森林遊樂區) located in Nantou, Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan is the perfect place to see this magical color change. The maple leaves in Taiping Mt. National Forest Recreation Area (太平山國家森林遊樂區) in Yilan are equally stunning.

Xinshe Sea of Flowers (PHOTO: Taichung City Government)
Xinshe Sea of Flowers (Taichung City Government)

Last but not least, Taichung’s Sea Flowers in Xinshe (新社花海節) is an annual event that attracts thousands of tourists. As wild as 50 hectares, the spacious land is planted with cosmos, sunflower, and flowers.

Along with a farmers market, the festival is not only for flower viewing but also for tasting Taichung local cuisine. The time of the festival is slightly different every year. This year, it will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 1.

By Carol Kan