2020 Hakka Tung Blossom Festival to kick off in April

As one of the most well-known Hakka festivities, the Tung Blossom Festival will be taking place in April. Although a number of fringe events have been cancelled as prevention of the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), the tung flower trails will still open to the general public to get some fresh air. Let’s take a look at these gems of blossom trails on Taiwan Romantic Route 3.

Taoyuan City

Xiaocukeng Historic Trail (小粗坑古道)

Originally an oxcart path built to facilitate transportation between Taoyuan and Hsinchu during the early 20th century, this historic trail runs for about 2km through a landscape rich in ecological diversity. During tung blossom season every April and May, the trail is blanketed in snow-white tung petals. The trail is one of the most popular tung blossom viewing spots in Taoyuan.

Location: Neighborhood 2, Cukeng, Gaoping Village, Longtan District, Taoyuan City

Hsinchu County

Dunan Ancient Trail (渡南古道)

Dunan Ancient Trail is the first section of the Raknus Selu to be restored using traditional methods. This 600m trail is called "Dunan" because its upstream and downstream trailheads are respectively located at "Duchuantou Bridge" and "Nanshan Bridge.” Take this trail through rice fields astride the Fengshan River, with snow-white tung blossoms adding a beautiful touch to the emerald green mountains.

Location: Nanshan Community, Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County

Shiguang Ancient Trail (石光古道)

This ancient trail used to be used to transport goods between Shigangzhi (stony hills,” 石岡子) and Taoyuans Longtan. Signage along this 5km trail gives interesting information about area plants and Hakka proverbs amidst stunning views of tung blossoms.

Location: Shiguang Village, Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County

Shierliao Recreational Agriculture Area/Shierliao Trail (十二寮休閒農業園區/十二寮古道)

Located southeast of Emei Lake, Shi'erliao Recreational Agriculture Area centers on Shi'erliao Pond. Once an important camphor oil production area, it is now a great spot to view blossoming tung trees. Access the trail from any of its seven entrances and select your hike (between 30 and 150 minutes) to enjoy tung blossoms in glorious bloom.

Location: No. 21-1, Neighborhood 13, Huguang Village, Emei Township, Hsinchu County

Chating Historic Trail (茶亭古道) and Qilong Historic Trail (騎龍古道)

The Qilong Historic Trail’s rustic ambiance is framed by its century-old stone steps strewn with snowy-white tung blossom petals. Chating Historic Trail was once the main footpath to and from Zhudong. The tung trees and early 20th-century Nuomi Bridge give this trail an elegant and retro flair.

Location: No. 80, Fengxiang village, Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County

Miaoli County

Laochonggui Trail (老銃櫃步道)

Chong” in Hakka means gun, and a “Chonggui” was the name once used for village arsenals where guns and other defensive weapons were stored. The 1.5km Laochonggui trail, peppered with reminders of Hakka ancestors and pioneers, is perfect for a family outing.

Location: Beipu Village, Sanwan Township, Miaoli County 

Mingfeng Historic Trail (鳴鳳古道)

The Mingfeng Historic Trail spans Touwu and Shitan Townships, offering visitors two entrances, respectively, at Yimin Temple in Shitan from the east and Yundong Temple in Touwu from the west. The popular 3km trail takes visitors into a well-preserved primeval forest to appreciate nature.

Location: Border of Shitan and Touwu Township, Miaoli County

Zhihu Historic Trail (紙湖古道)

Located in Baishou Village, Shitan Township, the Zhihu Historic Trail was an industrial paved road that villagers once used to transport paper products to Touwu Township. Also known as Tiaozhi Historic Trail (挑紙古道, Paper-Hauling Historic Trail), this 1.27km trail is filled with natural and cultural sites as it passes through the Nuomi Bridge and Bogong Temple. It is ideal for cultural tours and nature hikes alike.

Location: No. 18, Neighborhood 8, Baishou Village, Shitan Township, Miaoli County

Chuyun Historic Trail (出雲古道)

This trail, also known as Chuhuangkeng Historic Trail (出磺坑古道), is 1.8km long and is one of the earliest sites for oil drilling in Taiwan. Viewing platforms offer picturesque scenes of the winding roads of Provincial Highway 72 into the Niudou Canyon (牛鬥峽谷). During tung blossom season, the tung trees along the roads scatter flower petals onto the ground, making this already-charming trail all the more enchanting.

Location: Kaigong Village, Gongguan Township, Miaoli County

Shuizhaixia Historic Trail (水寨下古道)

Shuizhaixia” in Hakka means “where the waterfall is.” With over 150 years of history, Shuizhaixia Historic Trail was once the main footpath between Touwu and Shitan. Today, it is a scenic tung blossom mountain path. This historic trail connects the mountain paths along Provincial Highway 3 and preserves the natural environment and cultural history.

Location: Mingde Village, Touwu Township, Miaoli County

Chuguan Trail (出關步道)

Chuguan Trail is the path that early residents took from Chuhuangkeng to Guandao Mountain (關刀山). The Miaoli County Government restored the historic trail between Shifendong and Guandao Mountain, making it great for hiking. The Chuguan Trail can also be visited together with Sheng-Hsing Station, Longteng Bridge, and Tiaotan Historic Trail for a pleasant family outing.

Location: From Gongguan Township to Guandao Mountain, Sanyi Township in Miali County

Taichung City

Xiaozhongke Trail (小中嵙步道)

Near the Dongshi Hakka Cultural Park, this trail is a place for visitors to walk alongside the creek, and enjoy the lush green flora and flowing waters. The trail leads to a viewing platform that overlooks Xinshe (新社) and Dongshi (東勢), with tung flowers blooming through green leaves, adding a touch of color.

Location: Taicang Village & Guangxing Village, Dongshi District, Taichung City