Situated in the suburbs of New Taipei City’s Sanzhi District, Taiwan, the Purple Vine Coffee Garden is a unique café on the island. As its name suggests, the café is known for the beautiful scenery of its purple wisteria flowers.
Covering an area of approximately 2.2 acres, the garden is filled with nearly 500 wisteria trees and a variety of other beautiful plants and flowers, such as roses (玫瑰花), camellias (茶花), Verbena officinalis (馬鞭草), iris (鳶尾花), African lilies (愛情花), American aloe (龍舌蘭), and more.
Near the entrance is a 320-ft-long wisteria tunnel leading to a huge wisteria trellis. Walking under the magical wisteria tunnel and trellises when they are in full bloom, visitors will be overwhelmed by the fresh scent and the beautiful scenery of numerous clusters of flowers hanging down from the top of trellises.
There are many other wisteria trees with blooming flower clusters lying on top of one another under the plants’ long vines, swaying beautifully in the wind as it blows across the garden.
Another highlight of the Purple Vine Coffee Garden is its four giant Moai Statues (摩艾石像) surrounded by the stunning flowers in the middle of the garden. Standing 9.8 ft (300 cm) tall, these statues are the largest of their kind in Taiwan. They are quite impressive, and are one of the hot spots for taking photos on the farm.
Wisteria is a member of the pea family, which can climb as high as 60 feet above the ground and spread around 30 feet laterally. Many Buddhists believe that the wisteria is a symbol of prayer.
However, it’s not easy to grow beautiful wisteria flowers in Taiwan, as the island is located in a subtropical area with high precipitation. The Purple Vine Coffee Garden has therefore become a popular tourist attraction in northern Taiwan.
The café also provides tea, a fixed number of Chinese-style set meals, a Western-style brunch, cakes, waffles, and other delicious foods, as well as coffee. Sitting under the beautiful wisteria trellis and sipping a cup of coffee, along with eating a delicious waffle or other snacks, is definitely a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
The Purple Vine Coffee Garden usually opens during the blossoming season,é around the period from March to May. According to the café’s announcement, the blossoming season this year is from March 15 to May 30, and the admission prices range from NT$100 (US$3.3) to NT$200 (US$6.6) based on the extent of blossoming.
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