Xihai Recreational Farms (溪海休閒農業園區)
Farming experience for urban people
Colorful calla lilies and the Taoyuan Flower Festival: marvelous but low-key celebration of flowers
Gardening fans rejoice! The wholesale hub for all the flower markets in Taiwan
There are several vegetable and flower recreational farms at Xihai. The main produce are rice, watermelon, melon, sweet potato, and buckwheat. Pick up a hoe and try being a farmer for one day. The melon farming experience has been so popular such that all opportunities are immediately sold out after release. Urban people can finally enjoy the self-realization and satisfaction from harvesting what they grew. Egg-picking at the hen coop allows you to learn how to tell good eggs from bad ones. Knead doughs, ferment, and steam buns that you can eat with full confidence in the ingredients. Handmade calla lily soap is pretty and easy to make and use, even for a newbie. You can even design your own douli (conical bamboo hat). There are so many activities waiting for you to explore.
In addition to fresh produce, flowers are another major product of Xihai Recreational Farms. Cut flowers at three major flower markets in Taiwan—Huwei, Neihu, and Jianguo—are supplied by Xihai. All the flowers featured at Taipei Flora Expo and Taichung Flora Expo also came from Xihai. There are flowers blossoming all year round so you can visit anytime. Take a bike around the farms to see the boundless orange and yellow daisies; or walk into the sunflower farms to submerge yourself in the flowers—all different kinds of fun to be had. Taoyuan Calla Lillies Festival and Taoyuan Flower Festival are held every year, attracting millions of visitors. Insider tips: order a pot of herbal tea to go with pancakes. Enjoy the afternoon tea in a sea of flowers while watching planes taking off and landing afar.
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￭ Colorful calla lily season is March to April.
￭ Taoyuan Flower Festival is held in November to December every year.