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Jianguo Weekend Flower Market (建國花市)

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Flower market is open only on week-ends and is an absolute must for all. The tourist agency at the airport or the Hotel people will provide directions in Chinese for the taxi driver. The market itself is outdoors under an elevated freeway! Growers bring their bonsai in to sell. The trees may be 'finished' and in pots as well as almost finished with the root ball in soil wrapped in burlap. The prices are high but less than the other nurseries visited. The trees range from excellent to run of the mill. The sizes vary from mame to huge, as do the prices!

Plan to spend at least half a day just looking at the trees. Much of the flower market caters to hobbyists, with bags of soil, seeds, and fertilizer all selling briskly, along with garden tools and ceramic planters. If you also look at the orchids, ornamental plants, pots, bonsai stands, etc. plan to stay a while longer. If you are still not tired, at one end of the flower market is the arts and crafts market with the most attractive merchandise and prices I found in Taipei.

The Jianguo Weekend Flower Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. It is crowded in the afternoons, while mornings are quieter. Sprawling over two blocks between Renai and Xinyi Road and located under the busy expressway.

There is also another flower market called NeiHu Flower Market also in Taipei