2 December 2017

Silk Floss Trees and other flowers in Yunlin

It became pink around since silk floss trees (美人樹) blossom in Nongbo park in Huwei. Autumn / winter season (about October - January) is a perfect time for them to bloom. This year the weather was cold which let them bloom a lot. Silk Floss Trees are similar to Kapok trees which you can find mostly in South of Taiwan, especially in Tainan.



silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan

Silk floss trees are native to South American forests. Seeds of those trees contains fiber similar to cotton or silk. This cotton is used as stuffing. Wood can be used to make canoes, wood pulp or for producing paper. Bark of those trees can be used to produce ropes. Seeds can be also used to produce oil, which is totally edible. 
Silk floss trees are cultivated for ornamental purposes.

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan 

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan

Huwei is an urban township in Yunlin county. During the Dutch area in 17th century it was one of the largest and most powerful aboriginal villages in Taiwan. During Japanese era the town was know as Kobi town under Tainan prefecture. During this time the town was nicknamed ''Sugar capital". 

Yunlin County is known for its agriculture.

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan

silk floss trees nobgbo park huwei yunlin taiwan



Also other blooming flowers can be seen in this area. February is a good timing for plum to bloom. In the park in Douliou you can spot about 20 trees covered with white flowers. 
Douliou is the largest and capital city of Yunlin. It's political and economic center of the county. During Japanese era one of 20 local administrative offices was established here. At that time it was called Toroku Town and covered area of Douliou and Linnei Townships. In 1981 Douliou was upgraded to county-controlled city.

plum blossom douliou yunlin taiwan

plum blossom douliou yunlin taiwan

plum blossom douliou yunlin taiwan




In the mountains of Gukeng you can also see some Taiwanese cherry blossom. 

Gukeng is the largest township in Yunlin County. Main attractions here are Honey Museum, Caoling Town with its Caoling Ten Scenes: Peng Lai Waterfall, Cliff Spring Autumn, Steep Wall Hero Wind, Water Curtain Cave, Frog Stone, Wonder Cave, Broken Soul Valley,  Same Heart Waterfalls, Connect Pearls Pool, Fresh Creek Small Sky Earth.

gukeng mountains taiwanese cherry blossom yunlin taiwan

gukeng mountains taiwanese cherry blossom yunlin taiwan




Also the Xiluo Bridge has a huge grassland which in some seasons is covered with flowers. Mostly you will see many cosmos blossom here, but also other flowers as decoration.
Construction of the bridge began in 1937 but it took 15 years before the project could be finished. The bridge is nearly 2 km long. At that time it was second largest bridge in the world. Xiluo Bridge (西螺大橋) is crossing over Zhuoshui River connecting Yunlin and Changhua County.



xiluo bridge flowers



Cosmos flowers can be also seen in Tongxin Park of Huwei. Small grassland in the park is covered with those flowers in the winter season (about December). Cosmos flowers are very popular in many 
places.
Tongxin Park is nearby Sugar Factory and Huwei Bridge which was important part of the sugar industry. The bridge was used for transportation of sugar cane to the factory. The factory is one of 3 still working traditional factories in Taiwan.

cosmos flowers blossom tongxin park huwei yunlin taiwan

cosmos flowers blossom tongxin park huwei yunlin taiwan


Address:

1. Nongbo Park, Jiancheng Road, Huwei Township, Yunlin County, 632
2. Renwen Park, Douliu City, Yunlin County, 640
3. Xiluo Bridge
4. 632, Yunlin County, Huwei Township, Zhongshan Road, 2號對面 Tongxin Park

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