Taiwan tung trees bloom from late spring until early summer in mountainous areas from northern Taiwan all the way south to Changhua County.
In particular, snow white tung flowers are prominent among Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli Counties, making the tung blossom festival the most fabulous and widespread flower event in Taiwan, because many entities and areas organize their own festivals to appreciate the blooms. The Hakka Tung Blossom Festival connects various local tung blossom events that take place in several counties around April and May. Flexible itinerary suggestions include half-day, full-day, two-day, and three-day schedules. The organizer welcomes everyone to admire tung blossoms around the island and learn about the role tungs play in local culture.
The snow white tung flower is used as the primary image for the Hakka culture, representing traditions of venerating Heaven and Earth, as well as respecting the nature and forests. The exuberant vitality of the tung tree resembles the hard-working and frugal Hakka spirit. Throughout the Hakka people’s history of cultivating the mountains and forests for the past two to three centuries, tung trees that covered the hills and fields were an important cash crop for the Hakka in the early years. This explains the long-term bond between tung trees and Hakka people, and also why Hakka people have deep feelings for the tung blossom every year.
The Taitung County Government is hosting its Tung Blossom in Luye Taitung 2016 festival along the Longtian Tung Flower Boulevard in Luye Township from March 26 to April 10. A higly suggested stroll leads visitors around Hakka villages to admire tung blossoms and activities that include tung dance performances, tea drinking, and Hakka musical performances. Following the event will be the Hakka Tung Blossom Drum Arts and Dances festival, organized by the Hualien County Government, taking place from April 9 to 15 at the Fuyuan Community of Rueisuei Township. The event links the tung blossom festival with related tours and on-site performances include drum arts and singing groups.
There are also numerous tung blossom scenic trails all over Taiwan, for example Cikasoan Forest Park and Sunshine Trail in Hualien County, and Longtian Tung Flower Boulevard in Taitung County. In Taoyuan City there are the Taoyuan Hakka Cultural Museum, Ta Shee Blooming Oasis, Baiji Forest Trail, and Taoyuan Paradise Valley; in Hsinchu County there are the Renhe Trail and Jiuqionghu Trails (comprised of three hiking trails: Zhaiyue, Jiufu, and Guannan); while in Miaoli County popular tung blossom sites include Luchukeng Tung Blossom Trail, Penglai River Fish Protection Trail, and others.
For more information, please visit the website at http://tung.hakka.gov.tw/Default.aspx?lang=2.
Source: Hakka Tung Blossom Festival Official Website