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22 December 2019 / leggypeggy

Flower market better than traffic in Taipei

Bougainvillea in Taipei Taiwan

A sea of colourful bougainvillea

Flower market Taipei Taiwan

Plants and gourds to hang

Decorations, Taipei Taiwan flower market

Red decorations

What do you do with a huge expanse of concrete beneath a busy highway overpass in the capital of Taiwan? With a bit of lateral thinking, you can turn it into a popular flower market.

On our first full day in Taipei and, in the absence of rain, we headed off on foot to visit the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market that is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Flower market Taipei Taiwan

Edible options

It’s heaven for anyone who loves to garden or who simply wants to brighten their home.

In addition to a wide range of flowers, plants, trees and bonsai, people can buy all the gardening extras. There are plenty of artificial flowers, seeds, gardening tools, soils, pots, fish, pebbles, decorations and more.

Poinsettias in Taipei Taiwan flower market

Tending the poinsettias

Bamboos and more

Bamboo options

Orchids in Taipei, Taiwan

Orchids grow well in this part of the world

Poinsettias—the colourful plant that says Christmas—were widely available. One shop was selling ready-made and custom-made Christmas decorations and bouquets, but we didn’t see any Christmas trees on offer. 

There was a huge temptation to buy something but, of course, we couldn’t take anything living back to Australia. That said, we did buy two sprays of orchids to brighten the apartment where we’re staying. They’ll do for a Christmas tree.

Flower market Taipei Taiwan

Everything in garden supplies

I reckon the market is well worth a visit. It’s open from 9am to 6pm and is located under the Jianguo elevated highway, and between Xinyi and Jianguo South Roads. The Jade Holiday Market is under the next expanse of overpass. We visited that too. Plenty of jade, gems, jewellery, statues, pottery, porcelain, pendants, trinkets and tea items to choose from, but long ago we stopped buying lots of souvenirs.

Bonsai, Flower market Taipei Taiwan

Bonsai in many sizes

Flower market Taipei Taiwan

You can even buy a tree

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  1. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/ / Dec 22 2019 9:49 pm

    Schöne Weihnachten. Wolfgang

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  2. Eliza Ayres / Dec 22 2019 9:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Great way to spend a couple of hours!

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  3. Anna / Dec 22 2019 10:05 pm

    Such colours! A bright and happy post!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 12:17 am

      Thanks. When I downloaded the pics, I decided they looked a lot like Christmas. 🙂

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  4. MichaelStephenWills / Dec 22 2019 10:22 pm

    Wonderful….we find this in the New York State Fair botanical exhibits/competitions. Marvelous to experience this in a market.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 12:18 am

      It was an amazing market with about 300 stalls. Maybe I’ll make it to the New York State Fair someday.

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  5. almeidadepaulo / Dec 22 2019 10:30 pm

    Wonderful, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Peggy and John!!!🎄🎄🎄🎅

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  6. beetleypete / Dec 22 2019 10:48 pm

    That certainly cheered up a dull wet day in Beetley, Peggy. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 12:19 am

      Oh no, not another wet day? So far, we’ve been lucky with the weather here.

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  7. Miriam / Dec 22 2019 11:04 pm

    How ingenious. And very colourful

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 12:21 am

      We loved all the colour. I nearly included a pic of white orchids but decided it wasn’t colourful enough.

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  8. June Lorraine Roberts / Dec 23 2019 12:20 am

    Unused areas can be transformed with a little thought. Used to love the Hong Kong flower market, such a delight to walk through.

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  9. dfolstad58 / Dec 23 2019 12:49 am

    This market looks interesting and the jade market does also. I particularly liked the Bonsai trees of all sizes. I do like to buy a souvenir but now I try to pick a shirt rather than a trinket of some type.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 1:00 am

      Shirts are a good option. Occasionally I buy fabric, but I find that street food makes for good memories.

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  10. gigglingfattie / Dec 23 2019 1:22 am

    Oh WOW 😲 so beautiful!!!

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  11. IreneDesign2011 / Dec 23 2019 1:22 am

    Wow for a beautiful and colorful market, Peggy 😀
    I like to buy seeds and try to get them to grow in my home or garden and they don’t take up much space in the suitcase either.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 10:36 am

      That’s a great idea for most of the world. Sadly we can’t take most seeds into Australia.

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      • IreneDesign2011 / Dec 23 2019 2:37 pm

        There are several countries, as are very protective to their nature and don’t wish to let plants in, as don’t belong there naturally.
        Then you need to be creative 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 1:13 am

        In Australia, the concern is more about pests that might be hitching a ride on the plants or seeds. It’s all about protecting what we already have here. So we can buy exotic plants that have been brought in through the proper channels.

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  12. Stephanae / Dec 23 2019 2:00 am

    Hi Peggy, the flower market looks heavenly, love the explosion of color. I’ve always wanted a bonsai but sadly only have skills suitable for killing plantlife (yeah, even cactus and bamboo). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Poor John.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 10:45 am

      I’m so glad you stopped by Stephanae. It prompted me to click back to you and discover that somehow I had stopped following you. WordPress does odd things, so I’m glad to re-connect. Happy Christmas and New Year.

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      • Stephanae / Dec 23 2019 11:39 pm

        As great as it can be WordPress can also be a tad finicky at times. So happy I stopped by Peggy.

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  13. bcparkison / Dec 23 2019 2:20 am

    What a lovely place to visit. beautiful.

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  14. gerard oosterman / Dec 23 2019 7:20 am

    Lovely and colourful, Peggy. Do the Taiwanese go for plastic or artificial flowers too? I always thought this was the domain of Australia. I know that cemeteries are often places where plastic flowers are waving in the wind.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 23 2019 10:49 am

      I didn’t inspect too closely, but I think there were only two stalls selling artificial flowers. Then again, maybe they are so realistic, you can’t tell.

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  15. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Dec 23 2019 9:31 am

    So luscious! Thanks for these terrific photos. 🙂

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  16. Gail’s Snapshotsincursive / Dec 23 2019 11:32 am

    Flowers, flowers everywhere for all the eyes to see. 👁👁🍃🌸

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  17. Sy S. / Dec 23 2019 12:10 pm

    LeggyPeggy,

    I think Taiwan has one of the biggest wholesale markets/companies for exporting Orchids… maybe in your travels you can visit a few. Buy a Bonsai Tree and a bunch of Orchids and decorate the tree…that is, your family Christmas Tree. Nice post and seeing many colorful flowers.

    Second, maybe you can get a few close up shots of foods being sold at the markets, interesting to learn if they have many veggies/fruits as we can get in NYC’s Chinatowns (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn).

    Sy S

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 12:04 am

      I would love to buy some plants here, but our quarantine regulations are so strict I wouldn’t be allowed to bring them into Australia. That means I have to love them here. And yes, I’ll be going to the food markets.

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  18. africanbirding / Dec 23 2019 8:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog.

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  19. Gilda Baxter / Dec 24 2019 1:49 am

    Very pretty and colorful market, I am looking foward to all the fabulous markets of Asia when we visit next month. Merry Christmas to you and your family 😄

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 10:01 am

      Have a wonderful time exploring in Asia. Look forward to your posts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  20. Terrific and colorful post. Happy Holidays!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 10:02 am

      Thanks so much. Wishing you Happy Holiday and an amazing 2020.

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  21. Alison and Don / Dec 24 2019 12:08 pm

    This looks like just the kind of place I’d love to visit.
    Things are looking pretty grim in Oz 😦
    Happy holidays, and all the best for the new year Peggy.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 12:21 pm

      We’re loving Taiwan. And filled with anguish over the state of Australia. Here’s hoping for rain in 2020. Have a great holiday season.

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  22. Emma Cownie / Dec 24 2019 7:14 pm

    I love all open air /covered markets and this one looks fascinating. It was difficult imagining that all this was taking place under a motorway!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 24 2019 10:44 pm

      We were surprised by how little noise and vibration there was even though there was plenty of traffic overhead.

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  23. Superduque / Dec 25 2019 7:12 am

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  24. Endless Weekend / Dec 25 2019 1:17 pm

    This is one (other!) occasion where I would have been delighted to have the smells, not only sights, transmitted in the blog 🙂 Anything you can add about them?

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 26 2019 12:44 am

      The market had a wonderful heady scent. In some places it was overpowering, but mostly it was quite pleasant.

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  25. pvcann / Dec 28 2019 12:24 am

    I love how they have made use of the space, redeeming concrete with colourful nature. Most especially, I love those bonsai.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 28 2019 1:01 am

      The use of space impresses me too. I wish I could own a bonsai, but we travel too much.

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      • pvcann / Dec 28 2019 11:30 am

        Yes, I’ve just made a start after so many false starts due to work and holiday travel. They’re like pets.

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  26. jeanleesworld / Jan 4 2020 1:44 pm

    What a gorgeous market! I’m sure you found some sweet orchids to add special color to your Christmas. Prayin’ you had a lovely holiday! xxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 4 2020 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Jean. We had a great Christmas with two lovely orchid plants to serve as a tree. Have seen another flower market that isn’t half as nice.

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  27. Henrietta Watson / Jan 5 2020 2:06 am

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

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  28. Celia Bedilia / Jan 13 2020 5:19 am

    Thank you for sharing what a cool place!

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