If you look up the word “Instaworthy” in the dictionary, i bet you you’ll find a photo of 中社觀光花市 Zhongshe Flower Market in Taichung, Taiwan.
Address: 421, Taiwan, Taichung City, Houli District, 三豐路五段333號
As I was chilling, scrolling through my Facebook news feed at my hostel’s lounge in Taipei, I came across some photos of my childhood friends from the Philippine’s, who were in Taiwan the same time as me, at this amazing place with a ton of flowers. I just showed and just like that, we knew what we were doing the next day.
We woke up the next morning, fleeked the fuck out of our eyebrows, grabbed some chive dumplings for breakfast at the halal restaurant next door, and off to Taipei Main Station we went!
When I asked my childhood friends on how they got there, they told me that they took a bus to Taichung which almost took 4 hours for around PHP 3,000 (Around NT$ 1,800) for one roundtrip ticket. Four hours is a pretty long time, and especially with our schedule, time was definitely gold.But, luckily for us (and you!), we found a much faster, and an even slightly cheaper way to get there. For us, we got to the flower garden in about 2.5 hours.
HOW TO GET THERE:
– Go to Taipei Main Station
– Purchase a ticket for the Bullet train from Xin Wu Ri to Taichung (NT$700, one way).
– Once in Taichung Railway, take the railway train to Houli Station. Yes, Zongshe Flower Market is in the Houli district. But, do not exit the station there.
-Switch trains to go one station further, to the Tai’an Station. It is better to get down here that in Houli itself because it is only 1.6km to the flower market, and it is 4.4km from Houli Station.
-Once in Tai’an station, get to the flower market by foot. It will take about 20-25 minutes. Feel free to use the station’s free wi-fi or simply ask a local for directions. It’s really easy from there.
**Remember to keep your Easy Card loaded because there will be no one in the station’s office to load your card after 16:00!
After the scenic walk in the drizzle, we were greeted by a big wall with Chinese characters all made out of flowers. I don’t speak Chinese, but I pretty much knew that we have finally arrived. #Local. We purchased a ticket for NT$ 120, and into the studio flower paradise we went!
LET THE PHOTO SHOOT BEGIN!
As we walked in, we danced in excitement because, one, it was quite the journey to get there, and two, we have never seen so. many. damn. flowers. It was almost like something out of a fairytale storybook, maybe the reason why we instantly felt like kids again. We spent about an hour and a half wandering around, trying to get that Vogue cover shot while slipping and sliding in the mud and puddles, and surviving the quick rain showers. I remember picking a black maxi skirt to wear that day, but somehow, it ended up being like a brown ombré (It’s called fashion, Deborah, look it up!). And I swear, the people on the train on the way back couldn’t stop staring at our disgustingly dirty feet! hehe. WORTH IT.
The garden did not only consist of just flowers. There were plenty of fun, little things scattered all around the place for a picture perfect backdrop, like, sculptures, windmills, tiny houses, ladders, swings, huge cages, musical instruments (that don’t really work, huhu), and many more! What a great day for two adventurous baboons!
中社觀光花市 Zhongshe Flower Market is a great place to visit all year round, since the flowers are always in bloom. It is open everyday from 8:00 to 18:00.