Park Vista: Finding a Balance Between Nature and Man
From the "Rural Experience Zone" to the "Oblation Furnace", the park was designed with the life and cultural experiences of the Hakka people in mind. Features including ecological irrigation channels and tobacco barn water wheels are in keeping with environmental concepts, while the ecological plan for the park was designed around seasonal scenery. Existing plants were preserved, while new trees and flowers associated with the Hakka people, including sweet osmanthus and Chinese enkianthus, were planted around the grounds.
Chinaberry Tree (in bloom March-April)
Also known as Persian Lilac and White Cedar; native to Taiwan. Chinaberry trees produce fragrant, purple blossoms in the spring and are characterized by dense lenticels and bitter wood.
Tung Tree (in bloom May-June)
Native to the Yangtze River basin, Tung trees bloom in late spring. Because their blossoms appear in loose, terminal clusters on branches, Tung blossoms are often called “May Snow.”
Royal Poinciana (in bloom July-September)
Also known as the Flamboyant, Phoenix Tree, and Flame of the Forest. The umbrella-shaped Royal Poinciana has large, bright leaves and flexible, curving branches.
Chinese Rain Tree (in bloom September-November)
Also known as Pride-of-India, China Tree, and Varnish Tree; endemic to Taiwan.
Hong Kong Orchid Tree (in bloom November-January)
Also known as Bauhinia and Chinese Redbud. Small in size and evergreen, Hong Kong orchid trees grow quickly and have curved or straight branches. The blossoms are large and vivid with reddish-purple stripes on petals.
Sweet Osmanthus (in bloom November-January)
Also known as Sweet Olive, Tea Olive, and Fragrant Olive.
Sweet osmanthus is mainly cultivated as a horticultural or ornamental plant. Due to its strong, long-lasting fragrance, osmanthus is used to make tea and liquor as well as sweet cakes and syrup.
Chinese enkianthus is mainly cultivated as a horticultural or ornamental plant or for living fences and hedges. Fibers from its stems can be extracted for rope and burlap. Its leaves and flowers also have medicinal properties, e.g. improving circulation and relaxing muscles.