YangMingShan ZhuZiHu (台北阳明山竹子湖), a refreshing and peaceful rural area with altitude of approximately 670 meters that located between Mountain DaTun (大屯山), Mountain QiXing (七星山) and Mountain XiaoGuanYin (小觀音山). It will be full of beautiful Calla Lily (海芋) during blossom season from Feb to May, while Mar and Apr are the best months for visiting.
ZhuZiHu was a barrier lake formed after volcanic eruptions, left behind a fertile land after lake water receded. With also the exceptional climatic and rich spring water, all these create a great environment for agricultural and the place eventually became a rural settlement. ZhuZiHu was used to be full of bamboo, wind blowing through the whole bamboo forest created a scenery looked like waves of a huge bamboo lake, and that came the name ZhuZiHu (Bamboo Lake).
We were so glad that have visited ZhuZiHu in end of Apr, able to witness the beauty of Calla Lily at its’ best moment of blossom season.
Getting to YangMingShan ZhuZiHu (台北阳明山竹子湖)
We took MRT at XiMen (西門) Station and got off at JianTan (劍潭)Station, cost at NT20 per ticket and the journey took around 15mins.
Ximen Station[Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Yongning/Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center – Far Eastern Hospital]>Taipei Main Station[Beitou – Xiangshan/Tamsui – Xindian]>Jiantan Station
At JianTan MRT Station, go out via exit 1 and then left turn to bus stop. Bus services 260 and Red 5 (红5) were available connecting JianTan MRT Station and YangMingShan.
Journey from JianTan MRT Station to YangMingShan bus terminal (阳明山站) took around 40mins and cost NT15 (NT12 if pay by EasyCard ).
We transferred to shuttle bus service 108 at YangMingShan bus terminal, and got off at ZhuZiHu – Police Station stop (竹子湖-派出所).
If you would like to know more details about TaiPei (台北) public bus services, can always visit their webpage for more information.Follow this signboard to ZhuZiHu’s Calla Lily gardens.
There were a few places with Calla Lily gardens in ZhuZiHu, our trip covered DingHu(顶湖) that had more and bigger Calla Lily gardens among all, of course with nicer view too.
Most of the Calla Lily gardens were surrounded by fences, visitors have to pay to get in. We found more Calla Lily at second shop’s garden, hence took their flower picking package that cost us NT100 per person, and each of us was allowed to pick 7 Calla Lily from their garden.
We told the owner upfront that both of us will only pick 7 flowers, but still have to pay NT200 in total. NT100 for the flowers, and the remaining NT100 for a pack of flourish flavoured steam bread. The breads were soft and with rich flourish taste, the fragrant lasted so long in my mouth after taken those bread.
After 2 hours at DingHu, we followed the same path back to ZhuZiHu bus stop for shuttle bus service 108, then bus service 260. This time round, we got off at TaiPei (台北) bus terminal instead of JianTan MRT Station, so that we could get to our next destination WuFenPu (五分埔) by MRT, from TaiPei Main Station (台北車站) to HouShanPi (後山埤) Station without the need to transfer.
From YangMingShan to TaiPei bus terminal by bus service 260 took around 1 hour with smooth traffic, cost NT30 (NT24 if pay by EasyCard ) per person. Do request the driver to inform you while the bus is approaching TaiPei station, as 1 hour ride could be quite tiring and you might fell asleep and missed the stop…
Next destination, WuFenPu, is anyone ready for shopping?
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