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2018 Yangmingshan Flower Season Kicks off

2018 Yangmingshan Flower Season Kicks offMayor Ko Wen-je raised the curtains for the 2018 Yangmingshan Flower Festival on February 22.
During his address, he pointed out that Yangmingshan is well-known for both its natural and historical landscape, with a plethora of historical traces awaiting visitors via an uphill hike from Zhongshan Hall. 

Boasting blooming flowers with the advent of spring, the Yangminshan Park attracts an influx of tourists from both home and abroad this time of the year. In 2017 alone, the number of visitors reached 1.3 million, Ko remarked. He added that a 32-day event marathon at Guangfu Building featuring photography contests, as well as reading and drawing activities, also serves as a nice option for recreational purposes. 

Members of the public are advised to take public transportation when visiting Yangmingshan for a more satisfying flower-watching experience, Ko added.

Optimistic about the number of visitors showing up for this year’s flower festival, the mayor noted that it’s all about creating a pleasant atmosphere, citing the well-received chrysanthemum exhibition at the Shilin Official Residence last year. He reckoned that more budgets should be invested on enhancing the design of future parks in a bid to boost urban aesthetics and to attract more talented designers.   

Asked whether the city government has plans to lure more tourists from countries with warm climate to Taipei’s spring floral showcases, Ko replied that measures are in place to monitor the number of visitor arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, and South Asian Countries. The results will serve as reference for determining the target group in promotion campaigns for next year.