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The 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival invites all to appreciate Tung flowers, try local food, and enjoy people's hospitality

Flowers, Food & Hospitality: Organized by 14 local governments, 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival invites all to visit Hakka villages and be pampered by people's generosity 

In the spring, the young green sprouts popping up from Tung trees in the mountains always mark the arrival of the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival. This year, the festival will kick off in early April and go on until May 19. Taking the theme of “Grateful to the Sky – Let’s Protect Our Most Attractive Mountain Towns Together,” the festival is jointly organized by 14 Hakka local governments. The side events will be aimed at “appreciating Tung flowers, serving honest food, and treating visitor with hospitality.” An opening ceremony will be held on Saturday April 13 in New Era Art Resort & Spa of Puli, Nantou.

A Hakka Affairs Council officer noted that Tung trees were seen as economic crops in the past, although by now their economic value has gone. Nevertheless, the Tung forests, still alive and thriving today, bear witness to Hakka villages’ industry evolvement. In fact, the HAC always expresses gratitude to the Sky and the Earth, as well as the early settlers who built the Hakka towns and villages. The Council encourages all Hakka people to remember their roots while bringing in something new.

[Hakka Hospitality] Arts and cultural performances and hundreds of Tung-flower shops with special offers

An opening ceremony held for the 2019 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival will be held on April 13 at New Era Art Resort & Spa in Puli, Nantou. Winning singers of the Golden Melody Awards such as Lin Sheng Xiang, Liu Shaoxi, and Huang Peishu, as well as Hui Fong Dance Studio and B-Max, will all dedicate a few songs. In reception of visitors, at Puli Terminal of Nantou, shuttle buses will be available for all to use. Also, memorial mugs will be distributed upon presentation of gift coupons on site.

On the following two weekends, in Miaoli and Hsinchu, large music concerts will be held, featuring international musician Matthew Lien, pianist Rueibin Chen, Hakka performing artist Yang Shih-hao who stood out at Asia's Got Talents, and Hakka winners of Golden Melody Awards such as Ayugo Huang, Chen Yung-tao, and Yen Chi-wen. Festival goers can expect to enjoy a refreshing show full of all kinds of arts and cultural elements!

Visitors are advised to take a walk at flowering sites in the morning and visit Hakka villages in the afternoon to learn about Hakka culture. This year, a hundred shops in the 14 participating counties and cities will provide special offers. Visitors can find these shops according to the festival marks posted on the windows of the shops. In the blooming month of April, all are cordially invited to visit the Hakka villages for a journey that enriches one’s body and soul.

[Tung Flowers] Raknus Selu Trail joins the festival for the first time

For the first time, Raknus Selu Trail on Provincial Highway 3 is chosen for the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival. The manually refurbished Dunan Old Train in Guanxi of Hsinchu and 14 trails scheduled for maintenance such as Daniuqi Old Trail of Taoyuan, Shuguang Old Trail of Hsinchu, and Tonggui Hiking Trail of Miaoli are also included in the festival organizer’s recommended itineraries. Comprehensive tourist info can be found at the festival website in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. A flower-appreciation booklet in Chinese, English and Japanese is available for downloads.

To provide visitors with first-hand flower info, 182 volunteers will update the flower status at the festival website’s “Flower Updates” section. Working with the Central Weather Bureau, the day’s weather, temperature, and precipitation will also be shown. This shall enable all visitors to grasp the best timing for appreciating Tung blossoms.

The festival now has an Instagram account, sharing beautiful flower images. An activity entitled “Let’s Share Flower Info” is also going on, and visitors are encouraged to send Tung flower images with hashtags of the activity title and the cities or towns where the photos are taken (such as # Let’s Share Flower Info # Miaoli). The photos might then be chosen for the much visited Hakka Tung Blossom Festival website, and event get posted on the festival’s Facebook page and IG. All visitors are encouraged to use #Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, #Tung blossom festival, and @ hakkatung. Let your beautiful flower photos be seen by more and make them jealous of your unique and wonderful journey!

[Honest Food] Slow food, farmers’ markets, community food, and Tung flower lunchboxes

This year, for the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, Hakka Affairs Council invites all to visit Hakka villages and explore local farms. Hakka slow-food markets and farmers’ markets will be held in Puli of Nantou, Shitan of Miaoli, and Guanxi of Hsinchu. HAC encourages all to lead a healthy life by eating seasonal local food.

Would you care for some real Hakka food made by Hakka moms? During the flower festival, Guanxi Academy in Hsinchu will serve Hakka village cuisine. Group reservations are accepted. Gourmands can find both tradition and creativity in the food, such as salty Hakka rice balls and Chinese mesona jelly. Visitors from all parts of the country can expect to enjoy delicious meals made with fresh seasonal ingredients. From farm to table, let’s enjoy the culinary charm of the countryside together!

The Hakka Affairs Council has especially invited renowned Hakka chef Chiu Pao-lang to design two Tung-flower lunchboxes (one is vegetarian), using locally produced farm produce such as the green bamboo shoots of Shitan in Miaoli, the jujubes of Gongguan in Miaoli, and the Chinese mushrooms and water bamboo shoots of Puli in Nantou. The lunchboxes are made by local contractors and each box is NT$120, sold on a limited offer at Taiwan Hakka Museum. This is a rare chance to try authentic Hakka food so don’t miss it!

For more info about the 2019 festival, special offers, and flower status, please visit Hakka Tung Blossom Festival or Romantic Hakka.

Publish Date:2019-04-08

Number of Visitors:01919721


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