Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival (2008)

The calla lilies at Zhuzihu (Bamboo Lake) in Yangmingshan National Park are in full bloom. Flower lovers from all over Taiwan are rushing to the mountain to spend the afternoon wandering through a valley of white blossoms flanked by gently rolling mountains.

Yangmingshan’s Calla Lily Festival is in full swing with less than three weeks to go.

Caught in a Calla Lilly Field

Beautiful Taiwan.

Despite the traffic, it’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon. For as little as $100NT you can pick your own bundle of flowers. Be prepared to get your feet muddy, as most of the flowers are out-of-reach and require adventuresome or die-hard flower addicts to wander barefoot through the mud.

Field of Calla Lilies

I’ll go out of my way for flower festivals of any sort and this one is definitely one of the best ones I’ve been to. I come from a line of flower worshippers. My Nana mastered Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. I wish she had lived long enough to pass on her knowledge.

My Mother has ten green digits and seems to be able to make anything grow. I especially love it when I’m home to see her peony bushes in all their glory. I wish I could make things grow the way she does.

Me? I think I’ve gleaned enough knowledge from the two of them to feed my passion for flowers and all things green. John is constantly amazed at my ability to identify most of the flowers we see on our journeys. I like to photograph them and nothing makes me happier than having a fresh bouquet in the house.

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The elegant, trumpet-shaped calla lily is also known as the arum lily. It’s one of my favorites. It originally came from Africa and is known for it’s distinctive thick green stem and hardy trumpet-shaped bloom. It symbolizes “magnificent beauty” and comes in a dark purple, yellow, pink and orange. It’s most popular in white. Calla lilies are perfect for flower arranging because of their long, straight stems, and are a favorite for wedding bouquets. Visit Calla Lily Festival Part Two for more photos.

Kids

Nature LoverHere’s a photo of me at my very first Yangmingshan Flower Festival back in 2007, just one year after we arrived in Taiwan.

By that time, we had already seen half the island by motorcycle. You can check out my series on The Motorcycle Diaries if you’d like to learn more about traveling Taiwan by motorcycle.

If you’d like to see some images and commentary about some of the other flower festivals I’ve been to in Taiwan over the years, you can have a look at these articles:

Spring Flower Festival in Yangmingshan National Park (2007)

Taiwan’s 2007 Flower Festival at Yangmingshan National Park (2007)

Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival (2008)

Callas from Yangmingshan (2008)

The Yangmingshan Flower Festival (2010)

Taiwan’s Spring Flower Festivals – Calla Lily Festival (2012)

Yangmingshan Flower Festival – Cherry Blossom Season (2017)

 

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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 https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

9 thoughts on “Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival (2008)

    Ashish

    (April 13, 2008 - 3:21 pm)

    Fantastic pictures Carrie. I went to yamingshan yesterday and saw those Calla-lily flowers. Simply fabulous 🙂

    Carrie

    (April 13, 2008 - 4:24 pm)

    Thanks Ashish. Yangmingshan is awesome, isn’t it?

    I was hoping I’d meet you this weekend at the concert, but wasn’t able to attend. I hope the show was banging.

    Links 14 April 2008 - David on Formosa

    (April 13, 2008 - 11:49 pm)

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    Ashish

    (April 14, 2008 - 10:40 am)

    Never mind. I didn’t make it in time for MJ’s performance so I guess we will find out how it went through MJ’s blog. I am sure it must have been fun.

    aphextwin

    (April 15, 2008 - 6:01 pm)

    oooh very nice job of documenting with the shots C.
    Love the colors most and the skies are just pure joy 🙂
    Would love to see more shots of the festival.

    oceanofstupidity

    (April 16, 2008 - 3:54 pm)

    It’s so nice to have a chance to see this huge green field in blossom. I’m watching something like this very first time. I’ve never seen such a beautiful flowers. I don’t take into account flowers which I’ve already seen in your pictures so far. In my country you can see a different sort of lilies. For example:

    http://savingprivatephotos.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/lilia_wodna.jpg

    In Poland lilies are protected and can’t be picked. I envy you that you can pick your own bundle of flowers.

    Carrie

    (April 16, 2008 - 4:13 pm)

    Aphex Twin,

    Thanks. I wish our skies were this blue all the time, but unfortunately, they’re usually a uniform, smog-filled white.

    Carrie

    (April 16, 2008 - 4:18 pm)

    Hi K!
    It’s so nice to hear from you! I’m a nature lover and the one thing that always amazes me about Taiwan is how many places there are to escape to. Taiwan has several flower festivals running throughout the year, and I always try to hit at least one each year. Last year, I attended the Cherry Blossom festival. The entire mountain side was studded with blooming cherry trees and azaleas. These kind of festivals make me miss home. The tulip festival in Ottawa will be kicking off in May. Flower festivals are always the highlight of my year. Nothing pleases me more.

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