Thursday, January 9, 2014

Taipei Flower Expo Park 2014 Part I


Visited Taiwan from 3rd Jan to 7th Jan, managed to be in time for the Flower Expo 2014! :) I thought it would be like the Garden Festival in Singapore but it was quite different with lots of landscaping done outdoors. 

Quite a nice experience since it was still cold and windy outdoors and walking through these landscaped designs was rather pleasing!

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Mandatory pic of the main entrance, we entered via the Yuanshan Metro Station way
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I was instantly attracted to a particular fig tree literally covered in figs and there were lots of birds feeding on the figs! Spotted a few Black Bulbuls (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
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Looking a little like Ficus superba in Singapore, Ficus superba var. japonica
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Literally covered in figs
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 Ficus superba var. japonica

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Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
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Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis)
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Ficus superba var. japonica
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Light-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus sinensis)
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Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
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Ficus superba var. japonica
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Ficus superba var. japonica turned to be a synonym for Ficus subpisocarpa!
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Unknown tree at the side - ID welcomed
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ID welcomed
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We then started on the Flower Expo proper, since I got distracted by the Ficus tree :P
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Lots of unknown plants to me :(
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Bromeliads
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Terminalia catappa?
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Ficus sp.
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I thought the landscaping was quite nicely done, very festive and fairy-tale like
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But the cold and gloomy weather did hinder photo-taking quite a bit...
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Bromeliads
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Pardon me, I have no idea of the IDs of these plants but they are gorgeous, look at those fluorescent coloured flowers!!
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ID welcomed
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There were different themes to each landscaped plot, some were edible plants with medicinal properties, some were carnivorous plants and the others were more like fairytale themes
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ID welcomed!
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Underwater theme
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Giant squid
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Ficus elastica?
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ID welcomed
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Quite a suitable place to take wedding photos if not for the gloomy weather
I took lots and lots of photos for the trip, so stay tuned for the subsequent posts! :D Hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures!

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