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A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

Speaking of “Xihai Leisure Farm Area” in Dayuan, Taoyuan, people would think of the colorful calla lilies, farm ponds and flowers. Every spring, calla lilies attract a great many visitors. In addition, there are plenty of leisure resources. It takes only some ten minutes riding a bicycle from Henshan Station of MRT Taoyuan Airport Line to get here. Because transportation is convenient, it is very family friendly. <br/><br/>We recommend starting from the tourist information center when you come to Xihai Leisure Farm Area. There are all sorts of flower parks in the surroundings, such as Hechun Flower Farm, Flower and Herb Farm, and Willow Gardening Shop.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The installation art in calla lily season is kept in Xihai Tourist Information Center

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The traditional brick house is turned into the tourist information center

I came to the tourist information center as my first stop. The center used to be a traditional brick house and now it is a service center for product sales, volunteer training and tour information. The open space outside of the tourist information center is 4.5 hectares large, so tourists can stroll or take a rest here or move on to the observation deck to see the scenery of Xihai Leisure Farm Area.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The tourist information center is 4.5 hectares large

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Airplanes fly overhead every now and then, which is quite a view.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The observation deck of the tourist information center

Have you ever seen the splendor of floral occasion in Tianwei, Zhanghua? Dayuan in Taoyuan is a specialty area producing flowers, including lilies, calla lilies of various colors as well as grass flowers, potted flowers and herbs. There are many theme farms within Xihai Leisure Farm Area featuring planting, such as Flower and Herb Farm, where all sorts of plants are available. The farm owner has been in the business for almost 20 years and also cultivates unique and peculiar flower species such as clematis and shrubby daisybush that are rarely seen in Taiwan. Totally eye candy. <br/><br/>Taking photos in the flowering shrubs and checking in to Facebook Places is a travel must. The farm also offers DIY activities, such as making soaps, candles, cookies, herbal vinegars and herbal oils.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Inside the Xihai Leisure Farm Area in Dayuan, Taoyuan, we can also find flower parks

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Colorful flowers and herbal plants

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Peculiar flower species are introduced to cultivate here

Owner of Linyuanju Farm, Mr. Muzheng LIN is native to Xihai Village. He left his hometown to make money when he was young, but he always missed the country life in his childhood. In 40 years after retiring from work, he returned to his hometown and started the business in leisure industry. Linyuanju Farm has a vast of field that grows sweet potatoes and corns, a greenhouse and a fishing farm. Parents can bring the children here to be a little farmer for one day.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The farm owner returned to his hometown after retirement

Linyuanju Farm offers all kinds of DIY activities for parents and children, such as making soaps, picking vegetables, digging sweet potatoes and painting bamboo hats. To be a one day little farmer, participants can ride the tandem bicycle to the field and harvest the crops. The seasonal fruits and vegetables are limited, so visitors have to come in the right time. <br/><br/>The farm owner has made a lot of efforts. He said “to make it possible for visitors to pick the sweet potatoes all year round, he grows many different species, such as the Taiwanese sweet potatoes and Japanese sweet potatoes.” Therefore, visitors can have harvest experiences in any season.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲DIY activity, painting the bamboo hat

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The farm offers tandem bicycle for transportation

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Digging sweet potatoes is available all year round

Leaving Linyuanju Farm, I came to Lunping Fairground which is less than 15 minutes away by car. It used to be the Guanyin Receiving Station during Japanese Occupation, providing radio communication between Taiwan and other countries. It was gradually depleted after 1986. The urban development bureau of Taoyuan city government took it over and renovated the station to be the display area for Taoyuan Land Art Festival in 2017. <br/><br/>When the festival ended, it still kept the open sward and nice forest environment such as the grass square, green forest and banyan forest to conform to its original look. The art work “The Origins of The Universe out of Chaos” also stays. The flower seeds are sowed in the forest parks and that symbolizes the concept of renascence.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The display area for 2017 Taoyuan Land Art Festival

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The nature is kept to remain its original look

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The art work, The Origins of The Universe out of Chaos

The green tunnel formed by river tea trees is near Lunping Fairground, and its straight green way will attract many hipsters because of the green atmosphere, suave breeze, and the free and easy feeling. The river tea trees are windproof, as they grow taller, they provide good sun protection so that many young people and locals come here for a walk.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The straight green tunnel formed by river tea trees

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲The river tea trees are windproof

For my last stop, I came to the “Sahara Desert” of Taiwan, Caota Dune, a special landscape along the coast with a distance of 8.1 kilometers. The strong northeast monsoon and south wind blow, and the sand piles up gradually. Sunset here is a tourist attraction.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲Sahara desert of Taiwan

The dune starts from the old street river in Dayuan District to Daku river in Guanyin District. The dune piled up overtime can be 15 meters tall. The arrayed wind turbines stand along with the sandy shore and ocean. Standing on the dune wave and seeing the staggering footprints gave me a sense of beauty that is filled with serenity and desolation.

A Half Day Tour to The Floral Sea in Xihai, Taoyuan

▲A good place to watch the sunset

Xihai Leisure Farm Area

Add: No. 12, Zhongzheng West Rd., Tianxin Village, Dayuan District, Taoyuan City<br/>Tel: 03-3867703<br/>Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/Hsihei2016 <br/>Website: http://travel.tycg.gov.tw/zh-tw/Travel/Attraction/248

Flower and Herb Farm

Add: No. 3-3, 17th Neighborhood, Xihai Village, Dayuan District, Taoyuan City<br/>Tel: 03-386-0309

Linyuanju Farm

Add: No. 56 Lane 1370, Shengde North Rd., Dayuan District, Taoyuan City<br/>Mobile: 0933-716309

Lunping Fairground

Coordinate: 24°59'51.0"N 121°09'46.8"E