TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village is one of the most popular amusement parks in Taiwan. Besides fun rides and attractions, the park is also home to many types of cherry blossom trees that bloom in spring (from January to February), making it one of the most beautiful places to visit this season. Ahead this long weekend, we’ll take you along for the ride as we share the best events and activities to do during the park’s Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival.
Full Japanese-style cherry blossom experience
Cherry blossom viewing in spring is one of the most important events in Japan. People from all around the world travel to the country just to experience this spectacle in person. In Taiwan, the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village houses a variety of cherry blossoms and every year from January to the end of March, the flowers go into full bloom. During this time of year, the park usually invites performance groups from Japan, organizes a cherry blossom market and provides Japanese yukatas for rent. Visitors can wear the traditional Japanese clothing and take in the beauty of the Cherry Blossom Avenue on rickshaws. There is also a temple of love for romantics and picnics under cherry blossom trees. Without leaving Taiwan, one can still get the full experience of the Sakura Festival.
Dance with aborigines under cherry blossom trees
As aborigine culture is the theme of the park, visitors can observe different Taiwanese tribal villages and lifestyles in the Aboriginal Village Park section and buy traditional accessories. During the festival, cherry blossom trees in the culture square will go into full bloom, and visitors can walk along and enjoy aborigine songs sung by the natives of Taiwan.
Gondola rides over a sea of pink
Located beside Sun Moon Lake, the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village has another attraction that never fails to draw in tourists—the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway. The gondola ride spans between the southeast bank of Sun Moon Lake to the Observation Tower of the park.
Each cable car is limited to 8 passengers, and a one-way trip takes about 10 minutes to get to the other end. From the gondola ride, visitors can get a great view of the lake as well as the pink cherry blossom trees in the park. With the deep blue lake and pink floral scene as a backdrop, the perfect photo is just a shutter click away.
The first “Night Sakura” in Taiwan
Besides admiring the cherry blossoms trees under the sun, taking a nighttime stroll under the pink flowers is also something one should experience in the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. As evening approaches, the ceremony leader and dance performers will invite visitors to light up the decorative lights placed around the cherry blossom trees. The soft neon glow of colors coupled with aborigines’ performances is the perfect way to wrap up the beautiful event.
A lavender wonderland in the European Garden
Every year from March to April, around 100,000 lavender buds go into full bloom in the European Garden. Plants in the garden are trimmed into different designs, such as buckets with flowers of all shapes and variety flowing out like a colorful waterfall. Walking through the garden, visitors can easily picture themselves as the prince and princesses of a fairy tale come to life.
Rides and attractions
When visiting the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to go on their fun and exciting rides. One such attraction, the Maya Adventure, takes riders up 33 meters high and plunges down, twisting and turning the whole way. While enjoying the thrill of the ride, visitors should also make sure to lean their head backs to avoid straining their necks.
The “Invincible Fleet” ride from the newly opened “Spanish Coast” is also one for thrill-seekers as it brings riders back down to earth from 30 meters high, going first backward then forward, letting visitors enjoy twice the fun.