The Sanyi Woodcarving Festival in Taiwan

The 2017 Sanyi Woodcarving Festival in Taiwan is coming up and it is scheduled for October 1st through to October 10th, 2017.

Located in the mountains of Miaoli, the beautiful town of Sanyi is known throughout Taiwan for its natural beauty and aboriginal Hakka culture. Sanyi, however, is also famous for another reason. As Taiwan’s biggest woodcarving center, it is home to one of Taiwan’s most popular art festivals.

Sanyi is covered in fog from November to March, so it is often referred to as Taiwan’s Mist Capital. Sanyi and its surrounding area also has a copious amount of camphor trees, which are popular for their beautifully scented wood.

The woodcarving tradition was started in 1918 by Wu Jinbao and his son. They began carving camphor wood sculptures and passed their artwork on to other local residents in the area.

The Sanyi Woodcarving Festival has been held each year since 1990. It attracts countless woodcarvers and art lovers from around the world. Those who are interested in the art of woodcarving will find not only unique Taiwanese art products, but also a rich cultural experience that encompasses traditional Hakka lifestyle.

The festival showcases a collection of incredible wooden sculptures made by aboriginal artists inTaiwan. Artists from the international woodcarving community also come to Taiwan to show off their woodcarving skills. One of the highlights of the festival is the eight-day carving competition. Visitors can watch master woodcarvers, some with 30 to 40 years of carving experience, compete against each other to create realistic works of art.

In addition to viewing the wonderful works of wooden art on display, visitors can also enjoy traditional Hakkanese food, cultural performances, do-it-yourself woodcarving activities, and educational games that are designed by storekeepers for the festival.

From flowers, insects, and giant leaves to household wooden items and abstract art, visitors will have no problem finding the perfect wooden treasure for their art collection in the tiny town of Sanyi.

For more information about this intriguing festival in Taiwan, visit the Sanyi Wood Carving Museum.

Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at

1 thought on “The Sanyi Woodcarving Festival in Taiwan

    Gabriel - We Travel and Blog

    (September 12, 2013 - 11:08 pm)

    Oooo that must have been such an awesome visit. There are some pretty interesting carvings here in the DR but they are hard to come by.

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