TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – During this year’s “Alishan Flower Season” from Mar. 9 to April 10, visitors to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area will be able to enjoy a sea of blooming cherry blossoms and beautiful flowers of other species, Chiayi Forest District Office said in a news release on Feb. 26.
As Alishan is one of the best and most popular destinations to enjoy cherry blossoms in Taiwan, traffic control measures to be enforced during the flower season were also announced.
According to the release, traffic to the recreation area will be controlled at Hudi, located at kilometer mark 65.5 on Provincial Highway 18, and at Tataka, located at kilometer mark 145 on Provincial Highway 21, on 12 days of weekends and holidays during the flower season: Mar. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 as well as April 4-7. The traffic control time is from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hudi, and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tataka.
All people except those who work or stay at a hotel on Alishan with proper documents are barred from driving their cars into the area during the control time.
Chiayi Forest District Office estimated that flowers on Alishan will bloom seven to ten days earlier this year than in the past due to this year's warmer climate.
The office reminded visitors to bring warm clothes and rain gear as weather in the mountainous area is very changeable.
Concerts and other activities will be held during the flower season, the release said. For real-time tracking of the blooming of cherry and other blossoms as well as activities on Alishan during the flower season, please refer to the Facebook page of Alishan Forest Recreation Area (阿里山國家森林遊樂區), and alishanforest Instagram, or download this app: 阿里山賞櫻趣APP.
(The following photos are courtesy of Forestry Bureau)