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A festival featuring plum blossoms, the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will be inaugurated at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between Jan. 10 and 18. The major attraction of the festival will be an exhibition on floral-themed pottery, stone carvings, wood sculptures, calligraphy, and photography.
The plum trees grown in the surroundings of the Memorial Hall are in full blossom every January. Their grace attracts many visitors every year, so the Memorial Hall administration co-organizes the festival and a series of events with a local tea culture society and the Taipei art community to celebrate the plum blossom season. In addition to the exhibition, the annual festival also includes a tea party on the opening day, weekend tours of the best blossom-viewing spots, and a creative market selling plum-derived produce such as plum wine and cookies, as well as plum-inspired design products.
The inaugural tea party is scheduled for Jan. 11 at a garden in the complex where the hall is located. The ceremony will be accompanied by dance performances, poetry recitals, and music played by the guzheng (古箏), a classic Chinese zither instrument. A hundred free tickets to the tea party will begiven away at the Memorial Hall.