With the romantic spring season of petal showers coming around again, the eye-catching Miaoli County Hakka Tung Blossom Festival will again “blossom” its way to all the townships of the county. Hakka Tung blossoms, comparable to and blooming almost the same time as Japan’s sakura, have become the grandest flora event during the late spring on the island of Taiwan.
Listed as one of the 12 major Hakka festivals, the Tung Blossom Festival is a carnival where the down-to-earth Hakka people show their hospitality to guests from home and abroad at the very beginning of a year. To allow more tourists that haven’t enjoyed the festival to tour every nook and cranny of the County, appreciate the fascinating scenery of Tung blossoms, and experience Hakka people’s cordial welcome, the International Culture and Tourism Bureau, Miaoli County Government, has elaborately designed the Tung blossom travel guide “The Stories of Tung Blossoms”; 44,000 free copies will be offered to visitors.
This year a total of 28 groups will put on more than 180 activities during the festival from April to May. All related information is included in the travel guide and categorized according to townships and districts in which the attractions are located, for the convenience of the tourists to save them time. For all the guests touring Miaoli to come back to their homes with both hands full of purchases, discount information on 36 Hakka specialty shops and a list of the County’s quality gift box stores are also included in the travel guide, in addition to the information on licensed accommodations and cuisine restaurants in Miaoli County.
Where can you get a copy of this eye-opening travel guide? For citizens of Miaoli, the travel guide is available in 67 spots, including the reception counters of the first and second administration buildings of Miaoli County Hall, the reception counter of the International Culture and Tourism Bureau, 18 city/township offices, the visitor information center of Zhunan Station, the visitor information center of Miaoli Station, Miaoli County Visitor Information Center, Nanzhuang Visitor Center, Taiwan Hakka Cultural Center Miaoli, Northern Miaoli Art Center, Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Wenshui Visitor Center of Shei-Pa National Park, Miaoli Craft Park, branches of Miaoli Public Library, and 36 shops that offer discount sales. Visitors from outside Miaoli can get a copy at six R.O.C. Tourism Bureau-established visitor centers with the official yellow-color logo, visitor centers in 46 cities/counties, and visitor centers in 35 cities/counties.