Zhuzihu (竹子湖) – The Calla Lillies Farm in Taiwan
Home to Yangmingshan’s Calla Lillies (海芋), Zhuzihu (竹子湖) is a quaint local farming village hidden away in the mountains.
Originally a lava-dammed lake created by the surrounding volcanoes, the area’s unique geology became suitable for farming, terraced rice paddies early on, and other unique flora with time.
*The time we visit wasn’t the right season for Calla Lillies but luckily we managed to have a very great experience on Hydrangea Flower as a compensation! 😉
The Hydrangea Flower (绣球花) is in season around June to September and creates another colourful scenic view in Zhuzihu (竹子湖).
While you are there, do remember to visit the flower farm and take as much photo as you like while enjoying a cup of fresh mountain tea!
*Zhuzihu is also a great place to have a lunch during your visit to Yangmingshan since there are lots of local restaurants and food stall situated nearby.
Hydrangea Flower (绣球花) have an appearance shaped like a ball which commonly has pink, purple, yellow and blue in colour.
The flower colour can actually be determined by the relative acidity of the soil: an acidic soil (pH below 7) produces blue to purple colour while an alkaline soil (pH above 7) will result in red or pink flowers.
*This flower type is the most popular used (especially for Taiwanese and Japanese) for home decoration since it is easy to manage and very lasting.
If you feel like bringing one or two of these pretty pots back then consider visiting the local flower shop nearby where they offer the freshest and most beautiful flowers in Zhuzihu.
Some of the florists are even offering flower farm experience combo with a FREE pot of flower at around NT$90, which gives a win-win situation for those who actually interested in both of them.
*Be wide awake and accept the fate that you are not gonna able to bring any pot of flower back to your country as a fellow overseas traveller, so be it! 😉
From Bus :
- From Yangmingshan Bus Station take Bus 131, S8, or S9 to Zhuzihu (竹子湖).
*Highly recommend booking one-day tour guide for this destination if you wish to explore the whole Yangmingshan at ease.
Address: Zhuzihu, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 04.30 pm (Mon-Sun).