The Xinshe Sea of Flowers (aka Xinshe Sea of Flowers and Taichung International Flower Carpet Festival 新社花海暨臺中國際花毯節) is a large field of flowers in Xinshe District of Taichung. The flowers usually bloom in the wintertime and are a major tourist attraction in the area. It is a great place for photography and taking selfies, and should definitely be on your bucket list for your next trip to Taichung.
The Xinshe Sea of Flowers first started in 2006 and has been held consecutively every year since.
You can find fields of flowers all over rural Taiwan during winter. For the more touristy places, you can search 花海 in Google Maps and a bunch of places should pop up.
The sea of flowers is really busy during the month or so it is open, and traffic can be a challenge, especially on weekends.
2023 Xinshe Sea of Flower dates: November 11th - December 3rd 2023
9 AM to 4 PM during the dates above
There are many tours of Taichung available on KKday here or Klook here, such as an Instagram Day Tour, Historic Downtown and Sun Cake DIY Experience, Taichung Railway Station Walking Tour, Local Market Biking Tour, Aboriginal Food Tour, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
Hotels in Taichung:
Most of the accommodation you will find is near the city center. If you will only visit downtown, you can consider a day trip from Taipei.
We have stayed at and recommend the Norway Forest Travel Hotel, a convenient hotel right in front of Taichung Station (you can book on Booking.com here, Agoda here, or compare prices on Kayak here), and Sin Fu Business Hotel which is also a great value for the money and great quality in downtown Taichung (you can book on Agoda here or compare prices on Kayak here).
Looking for a hotel? We recommend booking through Booking.com here, which provides the best quality selection of accommodation in Taiwan.
Find out where to stay in our Taiwan hotels guide or search for the best hotel deals in Taiwan here.
How to get there:
By Train/Bus: Take the TRA train to Fenguan Station, then take bus 91 to Xinshe, and switch to bus 271. The bus ride takes about an hour. You can also book a Taichung sightseeing bus on KKday here.
By Car/ Scooter: From Central Taichung. take Dongshan Road east up the hill to Xinshe. The sea of flowers is not hard to miss on top of the plateau.
Looking for scooter rental in Taichung? Check out Klook here or KKday here to search for options.
If you are looking for car rentals, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKday here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can use Taiwan's many Youbike sharing stations, or search for rentals on KKday here, and search for tours on Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here. You can also book a Market Biking Tour in Taichung on Klook here.
For more information, check out our Taiwan transportation guide here.
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I have been to Xinshe many times but I have only visited once during the sea of flowers festival in November. It was perhaps the best flower festival I have ever seen in Taiwan. Overall it is a selfie paradise.
There is actually limited parking in the area. It is best to travel here via scooter or public transport.
If you come by car, you will have to park a long way from the entrance.
The main entrance of the floral sea.
Seating area at the front of the floral sea.
You can take selfies here.
Two women in the sea of flowers.
View of the sun flower display near the front.
Sea of Chrysanthemum Flowers (菊花).
More Chrysanthemum Flowers (菊花).
More Chrysanthemum Flowers (菊花).
Another type of Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
Another view of the sea of flowers.
View to the left of the entrance.
More people enjoying the flowers.
Lavender and other flowers.
Rainbow of flowers.
More purple Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
In the middle of the sea of flowers is a marketplace with tents.
There are some games here as well as snacks.
Mushrooms for sale.
While we were there, the main event was the Alice in Wonderland display.
Entrance to the Alice in Wonderland garden.
Balloons for sale.
View of the Queen of hearts.
Closeup on the queen of hearts.
View from the front.
Another view of the crowds here.
More Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
Different colors of Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
White Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
Orange Chrysanthemum Flower (菊花).
A rainbow of flowers.
Wider view of the area.
View of the one tree in the area.
You can see more photos of the area in the gallery above.
Don't forget that Taichung has lots of indoor and outdoor activities available, such as Scuba Cube Hotel Indoor Diving Experience, Batting Cages, Indoor Skiing and Sledding, Car Race Track, Pilot an Aircraft, Glamping, Archery, Trampoline Center, Off-road ATVing, Hiking, see cherry blossoms, stargazing, Aboriginal Food Tour, cooking class, and much more on KKday here or Klook here.
There are many amazing sites and attractions in Taichung, such as Gaomei Wetlands, Rainbow Village, Luce Chapel, Rainbow Village, Wuling Farm, Nantun Old Street, Xinshe Flower Garden, Lihpao Land Theme Park and more.
You can also book a Taichung pass for multiple attractions on Klook here or here.
You can also check out our full guide to floral seas in Taiwan here.
Be sure to check out our full guide to Taichung here.
You can also check out our full travel guide to Taiwan here.
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