For the first time ever, Taipei is playing host to its first international certified standard exposition. It’s the last week of the Taipei International Flora Expo, so if you haven’t been, you still have a little time to join the ranks of over 8 million visitors to this year’s exhibition. Here’s a guide with all you need to know to visit and enjoy the festival this week.
Image courtesy of Taipei International Flora Exposition
Dates: Today-April 25
Hours: 8:30am to 8:30pm
General Admission: NT$300
After 1:00pm: NT$200
After 5:00pm: NT$150
Take the Danshui line to Yuanshan Station, Jiantan Stationm or Minquan W. Rd. Station to catch the Expo Line 2 bus.
Take the Wenhu line to Songshan Airport Station or Zhongshan Jr. High School Station to catch the Expo Line 1 bus, or head to Jiannan Rd. Station to catch the Expo Line 5 bus.
Look for buses marked with the Expo logo for city bus service to the park gates.
The Expo site is quite large and crowds can get big. If you’re limited on time, energy, or patience, plan your route to cover the best of the best exhibits, each with a unique take on the flora theme.
- Global Garden- a variety of gardens from countries around the world
- Floral tunnel- a bamboo and tree tunnel covered in lush flowers
- Fujian-style garden- Fujian architecture, ponds, trees, a rockery, and plenty of ferns and orchids
- Pavilion of Regimen- orchids and bonsai galore
- Serenity Garden- European-style garden
Food and Drink
While festival food is always more expensive, plan to have a meal at one of the many food venues serving up local Taiwanese cuisine with flowers integrated into the menu. There are plenty of places to sit back over a pot of Taiwanese tea throughout the Expo grounds. Don’t miss the Palace of Floral Teas near the Fujian Garden.
Check the official website for recommended route information, including a game plan for those sudden downpour days, as well as maps of the Expo grounds and plenty of photos.
Tips for your Trip
- Head to the Expo around 4:30pm to get the after-5 ticket discount. You’ll miss the early morning crowds and pay half the price.
- If rain is in the forecast, pick up a cheap poncho and head to the outdoor exhibits. Most other visitors will stay crammed into the indoor pavilion spaces, so you’ll have the gardens nearly to yourself if you don’t mind getting a bit wet.
- The last day of the Expo will include a fireworks display, food festival, and special parade to close the festivities.
- Consider bringing along a guide or Taiwanese friend who is familiar with the Expo. They’ll know the ins and outs, and their knowledge will greatly enhance your experience.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent on site.
- If you find yourself without cash, the Expo has ATMs throughout the grounds.