Calla lily festival to kick off in suburban Taipei

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(Photo courtesy of Taipei City Department of Economic Development)

(Photo courtesy of Taipei City Department of Economic Development)

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) The annual calla lily festival in Yangmingshan National Park's Zhuzihu (竹子湖) valley in northern Taipei will be held from March 24 to April 23, organizers said on Thursday.

Although the flowers have yet to reach full bloom, visitors are still welcome to witness the beauty of the calla lily fields before the festival officially opens, officials from the Taipei City Department of Economic Development said, adding that the flowers are expected to be in full bloom from late March to early April.

During the one-month festival, the city government plans to organize a variety of activities to help people enjoy the blossoming lilies, including a flower art-centered design contest and guided tours around the farms of Zhuzihu, according to the department.

Originally home to terraced rice paddies and vegetable farms, the valley's unique landscape was later transformed into a tourist area where visitors flock on weekends to enjoy the calla lilies.

(By Chu Che-wei and Ko Lin)

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