Cherry blossoms in Taiwan are almost as spectacular as in neighboring Japan. First blooms appear on the island as early as late January. First, cherry trees turn pink in Northern Taiwan. In Taipei city itself, Yangmingshan National Park and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall are the most popular places to enjoy the cherry blossoms. In the evenings, the trees decorated with lights that create a special romantic atmosphere. If you can travel south, visit Nantou County, where Sun Moon Lake and Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village are the biggest attractions in Central Taiwan with over 2,000 blossoming cherry trees.
Wuling Farm near Taichung city is another great destination with thousands of cherry trees. You can find Japanese varieties like Yaezakura and Oshima trees. There is plenty of guesthouses in the area and hanami-inspired entertainment.
In the southern part of the country, visit Alishan Mountain in Chiayi County. Every spring the Alishan Cherry Blossom Festival features rmore than 19,000 blooming trees (most of them being Yoshino cherries). There are tonnes of activities to celebrate this unique season. Take a ride on the Forest Railway train to enjoy the sight of thousands of trees planted along the tracks. The peak blooming season here is February.