|THE LILY TOWN|
The lotuses blossom most luxuriantly from June to September each year, and at this time the town organizes a series of Lotus Festival activities.
The first records of lotuses harvested in Water Lily Town date back at least 19 years. The town’s ponds fan out over about 410 hectares of land, constituting two-thirds of the island's lotus fields. The plants are harvested for their stems, roots, and cupules. The area's cultivators frown on dehydrating, soaking, or bleaching the lotus root, techniques to extend its one-week shelf life.
Taiwan has been called the "Kingdom of Butterflies" with more than 400 species of butterflies in Taiwan, and 40 of them can be found nowhere else in the world! There was a time during the 1960's when thousands of workers here were producing butterfly art and crafts. It is estimated that some 10 million butterflies were caught every year.