Taichung is not short of IG-worthy places to visit. Coming from Liphao Land, we had a short ride to Chungse Tourism Flower Market also found at Houli District. Also known as the Zhong Se Guang Guang Flower Market, the flower market is famous for successfully growing tulips in low altitude areas in central Taiwan. There’s a variety of blooms all year round that it has become a favorite place for pre-nuptial or post-wedding shoots or simply having wonderful portrait with a European-like back drop.
Tulips in Bloom
January to March is the best time to visit the Chungse Tourism Flower Market. It is when the tulips are in full bloom. With a special refrigeration method, they were able to regulate the growth of these tulips and have them bloom within a particular timeframe. At the time of this writing, more than 150,000 tulips of different variety is spread across the six hectare land of the park.
But that doesn’t mean one won’t see flowers for the rest of the season. The fields have a wide variety of flowers in bloom throughout the year like sunflowers, lavender, cosmo flowers and more. They park made sure to label each flowers for educational purposes.
One of the main reason tourist would go here is to take vibrant photos with a backdrop of these flowers. Chungse Tourism Flower Market made efforts to add some photo elements and designs to make the photos look interesting and picturesque. Though some display look too kitschy and cheesy for my taste, there were displays with nice touches too. Like the small windmill that has the Holland feels. A white piano amidst a sea of lavender. There’s a lot of possibilities for photo enthusiast here. Just keep on clicking and let ones creativity play.
The Chungse Tourism Flower Market is a fun place to be. Not only are the blooms a balm to the eyes, they are educational and offers fun possibilities for creative portraits and selfies. It is also a flower market so anyone can buy a bunch to take home. There’s also shops for souvenirs. A cafe to sip in some coffee while enjoying the sight of a sea of blooms.
The entrance fee vary depending on season:
From the Tulip Season of January-March: 150NTD (adult) / 75NTD (kids 3-12 years old, and seniors aged 65 and above)
From April–December: 120NTD (adult) / 60NTD (kids 3-12 years old, and seniors aged 65 and above)
One can also avail of the Taichung Chungse Flower Market Tour from KKDay which includes transport fees, tickets and a local guide and an extra tour at a Saxophone Museum.
Book Taichung Chungse Flower Market Tour from KKDayHow to go to Chungshe Tourism Flower Market
By bus: From Taipei, take Fengyuan Bus and alight at Chungshe Tourist Flower Market.
By Train: Take the HSR Train from Taipei Main Station to Taichung Rail Station. Then board the TRA Train at the New Wurih Railway station to Xia Houli District. Take a local rail to Chungshe station. Take a cab or Uber from the last station to Chungshe Tourist Flower Market.
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