In spring, the cherry blossoms everywhere bloom,
The earth presents a romantic pink.
In recent years, the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Taiwan are concentrated in the north and central and western regions.
Few people know that in fact, there are secrets of cherry blossom viewing in the east!
"Alive" goes deep into Huadong,
A map of cherry blossom viewing on the East Coast for readers.

Shoufeng's unique route, eagles and pangolins escort Hualien Mountain Forest for a hundred years

For the legendary century-old cherry blossom king, we walked into this mountain.

The crowded cherry blossom viewing event was never my option, but a conversation with the team of the Hualien Branch of the Water and Soil Protection Bureau at the end of last year made me curious and sought out the East Coast cherry blossoms.

"It ’s crowded everywhere I go, really do n’t know if it is cherry blossom viewing? Or is it a rewarding person?" I said something unintentionally, but unexpectedly got a reply. Avoiding the crowds also makes you feel the beauty of the mountains, but you have to practice your feet before you set off. "

It turned out that the East can also enjoy cherry blossoms! Not only the rare cherry blossoms of Wushe and Formosa, but also the mysterious century-old cherry blossom king.

At the beginning of February, when the temperature was only 10 degrees Celsius, I followed a group of people starting from the viewing platform of the "Shuhu Community" in Shoufeng, Hualien, and heading towards the central mountain range at an altitude of about 700 meters. On the first stop, I want to see the centuries-old cherry blossom king in their mouths. It is said that when it is in full bloom, you can see a group of fiery red in the mountains.

I saw along the way, except for circling eagles, all kinds of insects and birds, countless ferns, pen barrel trees, and cuckoos in Taiwan. Digs dug by pangolins, tree branches crushed by monkeys, etc. In order to enjoy the cherry blossoms and get the original mountain forest experience, this experience is too special, making people involuntarily love this Taiwan's last pure land.

Different from the cherry blossom viewing on the west coast, the cherry blossoms on the east coast are usually in the mountain forest. The cherry blossom viewing usually takes some effort, but it is also far away from the crowd, and can enjoy the beauty of the forest and cherry blossoms. Due to the local climate and soil conditions, the main planting species are mostly native Taiwan cherry, Yae cherry, Formosa cherry, and Wushe cherry, etc. A few of them were affected by the Japanese occupation era and came across Japan from across the sea. Yoshino cherry and Fuji cherry.

The leader of this trip is Yang Guoqing, the chairman of the Shuhu Aixiang Association. He is also one of the heroes in maintaining the century-old cherry blossoms. After the annual flowering season, the association ’s volunteers go to fertilize and continue these bright red mountains. Yang Guoqing said that during the Japanese occupation era, the Japanese fell camphor trees in Shuhu and sent them back to Japan. At the same time, more than 200 Taiwan cherry trees were planted, and about 40 are left. On this trip, we saw 5 centennial cherry blossoms, which are the closest to the community. Others are in deeper mountains. It takes more than 4 hours to go back and forth.

This community has a population of just over 400 people, but actually has less than 200 people. The population gathered here in the early days due to Taiwan's jade (formerly known as "Toyota Jade") did not move far behind in the mining industry, so he joined the Water and Resources Bureau's rural regeneration program since the Republic of China in 2011, and planned to plant various cherry blossoms. At present, the entire community has planted more than 30,000 cherry trees, and the variety is quite diverse.

Chen Shuyuan, director of the Hualien branch, said that the variety of flowers is to extend the flowering season, because each species has a different flowering period. Although visitors cannot see 30,000 cherry blossoms blooming at the same time, they can see the cherry blossoms from the end of January to the middle of April. trace.

The most special is that there are hundreds of "Wushe Sakura" here. It is listed as the third class of rare and endangered species by the Agriculture Commission. It was originally discovered in Nantou Wushe, so it is named the smallest and rarest flower in Taiwan. Endemic cherry blossoms. In the Japanese occupation era, there were still a large number of clusters, but because wood was suitable for beams and pillars, it was cut down a lot. Although sporadic planting has been carried out in various parts of Taiwan, the number is not large.

If you want to meet the Sakura Kings, you have to walk into the mountain and spend at least 2 hours walking back and forth. It is recommended that you wear mountaineering suits and trekking poles. To avoid getting lost, visitors can go with the love town first. Contact the enquiry office and send someone to lead you. If you just want to enjoy the cherry blossoms, you may wish to drive along the mountain side road towards the No. 3 Bridge. You can see obvious flags and signs along the way, and there are also large maps at the entrance to the community. There is no need to worry about the dilemma of passersby more than Sakura.

Ji'an Four Walks

But don't worry about cherry blossom viewing in Hualien, you must cross the mountains, there are also great secrets that you can reach by car. The most convenient cherry blossom viewing spot in Hualien is the "Yushan Theological Seminary" near Liyutan, Shoufeng Township. The school has planted 5,000 cherry blossoms of various varieties 8 years ago to create a unique cherry blossom corridor landscape. The roads and parking lots here are well planned, and you can enjoy the pleasure of overlooking Liyu Lake all the way to the commanding heights.

The variety of cherry blossoms here is roughly the same as that of the Shuhu community. At the end of February, you can see a rare endemic species of Formosa sakura in Taiwan. The color is snow-white, also known as white mountain cherry. It is a mutant species of white goat. Han Sakura was renamed only in 2009; in the past, Taiwanese people almost did not like white flowers and almost extinct them. However, due to the change of modern concepts, pure white has been welcomed. It can be said that it is a unique cherry blossom that has survived the era, and it is worth looking at.

Going north, you can enjoy cherry blossoms while walking in Ji'an Township. Ji'an Township Office planned four cherry blossom viewing trails in China four years ago, namely Fenglin, Baiyun, Xiangyang and Nikko. In order to allow tourists to enjoy the flowers throughout the year, azaleas, plum blossoms, peach blossoms, and plum blossoms are also planted along the way. Come this season, enjoy cherry blossoms and maple trees, don't have fun.

Where to enjoy the cherry blossoms?

▪Shuhu Community Cherry Blossom Enquiry No. 200 Zhongshan Road, Fengshan Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, Yushan Divinity College, No. 28, Section 1, Chinan Road, Chinan Village, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County, Ji'an Township Office, 116, Section 2, Ji'an Road, Ji'an Township, Hualien County

Enjoy cherry blossoms and eat

Locals recommend the "Moon House" charcoal-baked plum barrel chicken. It is a popular meal that can be eaten by appointment. The pheasant is stuffed with pickled plums and grilled until the skin is golden. The peeled chicken is dipped and grilled. The chicken oil that drips during the chicken is sent to the Temple of the Five Zangs together. "Mei Ju Shan Bitter Gourd" has a bitter taste mixed with sweet and sour, refreshing and crunchy, and even appetizing.

"Come to Secrets is Secret." Apart from being a hot spot for check-in, the most amazing is the nitrogen beverage series. The bubble sensation is from beginning to end, even after drinking for 2 hours. There are also many old-fashioned small items in the store, which make people seem to go back in time with a time machine.