Taiwan’s Alishan cherry blossom season expected to draw huge crowds

Taiwan’s Alishan cherry blossom season expected to draw huge crowds


  • 2013-03-17


Alishan cherry blossoms and the famous forest railway. (Photo/CNA)

The Alishan National Scenic Area Administration on Friday launched the area’s cherry blossom annual celebrations, and said that the popular tourist destination in southern Taiwan could draw thousands of visitors per day during the flower season.

The celebration, which will run until April 15, marks the last of a series of cherry blossom festivals that have won huge popularity in Taiwan over recent years.

Priding itself on the approximately 5,000 cherry trees it has, Alishan might attract 14,000 tourists per day during the festival, said administration head Tseng Han-chou.

The seasonal surge usually accounts for a quarter of the total visitor arrivals to the scenic area each year, he added.

Tseng also suggested that visitors check out the flowers as soon as possible as a warmer-than-usual winter has made them grow faster.

“The cherry trees could be in full bloom in the coming week,” Tseng said.

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