Black Forest黑森林, Yangingshan and Calla Lily Festival

Taipei’s Black Forest is the ideal location to shoot a Tim Burton film. Spooky and uniquely beautiful.

Calla Lily Festival

The Black Forest, located in Zhuzihu (竹子湖) of Taipei’s Beitou District is the perfect ‘go to’ for ethereal landscape and wedding photography.  Hundreds of newly weds come to the Black Forest every year to capture the start of a new life together in a truly unique setting. After a quick Google search, and rough travel planning, myself along with Facebook Group ‘Hikerbabes‘ took the opportunity to check it out.

The Calla Lilly Festival was on at the same time, so we also decided to see what Taipei’s infamous lily fields also had to offer. Both located in zhuzihu, a quaint farming village with significant agricultural history, we were in for a treat.

Directions: MRT Beitou Station – Take route S9 or 129 to Zhuzihu (around 30-40 bus ride to Hushan Elementary School) Around 40 NT (If I remember correctly)

This day trip, with travel and food included, cost around 600NT (if that) so I would definitely recommend it if you’re traveling on a budget. I would also advise taking a coat. It’s quite uphill and got cold very quickly. Here’s what we got up to!

Black Forest… the perfect place to…

Calla lily festival

…look pensive…


…. to hold hands and to take cute group photos..


…not sure…

The Taipei Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) built ‘Echoing Hearts’ after it became a hot-spot for wedding photography. This ‘installation art’ piece is a symbol of love, built to complement the forest’s beauty, and to draw more attention to the location.


…to balance oneself on a slippery / slopey 200 year old tree.


….take group photos…sat on the slippery/ slopey tree…


… to play peekaboo and enjoy every second of it.

After a full on photo-shoot, we then we made our way to Calla Lily Festival which was a 20 minute walk away.

Calla Lilly Festival

Zhuzihu or ‘Bamboo Lake’, located between Datsunshan and Qixingshan was once a natural lake and later a agricultural landmark for bamboo plantation. During the Japanese Colonial Era, the valley started to form fields of white lilies which blossom between March and May every year.  Zhuzihu is renowned for its floral offerings, from its beautiful lily landmarks to blush cherry blossoms that surround the town and attract  tourists from all over the world. And so did we!

It cost 150 NT (Group of 10) to enter the fields. We were also given a free drink.

Calla Lilly Festival

The landscape was truly unique. Foggy and really quite haunting. A real contrast with the lilies.



There are mini footpaths along the way which go off in all directions. You will also find various kinds of animals; from ducks, to squirrels to frogs to cockerel’s walking about.


and I…


….enjoying…. img_2903

…myself too much…



There are also plenty of places to eat in Zhuzihu. Went specifically went for street food. I ate a purple sweet potato and a dumpling with strawberry on top for dessert.

I was a wonderful day out and I met some great people. A day trip that I highly recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors and taking lots of pictures and eating alot of street food. Until next time! @Hiker Babes!

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Author: charlottehlawrence

Hello! As the title reads, here's a short (long) introduction about myself. ~MUSIC I am a busy bee living and enjoying post- graduate life in Manchester; passionate about music, Manchester's music scene and everything Manchester has to offer. I am a singer-songwriter and musician playing and performing around the writing blocks and the hustle and bustle of Manchester's vibrant creative scene. I am also an events assistant at MMINE (Manchester Music Industry Networking Events) Radio Liaison officer at Sonderfest, and a general helper outer at MWCG (Manchester Women Songwriters Collective Group) - their 'Instagram Queen' so they tell me! ~BOOKS Apart from the music stuff, I am an English Literature and Drama graduate from the University Of Salford. It's fair to say that I have read my share of thick novels and over-bearing Shakespearean plays over the past three years; most of which I enjoyed, some I would place cosily on a high bookshelf with the hope never to see again. Classics are my favourite; the hard-to-read, fatigue inflicting, unnecessarily descriptive novels- I think stemmed from watching BBC period dramas as an early teen and imagining the scenes I obsessed over as I went along. I plan to read so much more! ~TRAVEL As with most people, I love a good weekend away. I love booking flights to my bucket list destinations and delving into the food, (yes always food first),and drink and culture of different places. I still demand the window seat, and I still continue to drink from the terrible selection of wines these plan companies have to offer. South America and Thailand are my next big adventures. 🚲🚲🚲 Anyhow~ Here's an introduction about myself and my interests. I plan to post weekly about my music, reading and travelling adventures and about anything else which brings me to 'pick up a pen.' Stay tuned and thank you for reading x X

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