I wasn’t entirely sure why they would call a flowers and plants exhibition the "Pavilion of the Future" but the elderly English speaking volunteers did a fair job of explaining the promotion of green sustainability in Taiwan to try and build a better future.
Pavilion of Future is one of the few pavilions left by the Taipei government at the Xinsheng Park after the Taipei international flora exposition closed in 2010. You might still be able to catch the Angel Life Pavilion and the Pavilion of Dreams, which were popular highlights while the expo was running. This time, I had the pavilion and the volunteers almost entirely to myself.
The expo website explains the theme :
The Pavilion of Future presents the bountiful natural environment of Taiwan and Taiwan’s achievement in agriculture and horticulture. In the Rare Plants Area, visitors will see ancient plants that survived the extinction caused by geographical reasons or climate change, such as the Taiwan Cow-tail Fir, Taitung cycad, Amentotaxus Formosana, and Taiwan Date Palm – all glacial remnants. After millions of years, they still stand strong. That is why they are dubbed as the “The Four Miracle Plants of Taiwan”. Then, we will see plants that grow in the subtropical and tropical area in which coastal plants are heavily featured, including Powder-puff Tree and Sea Lettuce, along with shrubs like Silvery Messerschmidia, Sea Hibiscus, and Physic Nut.
The exhibition is divided into “permanent exhibition” and “theme exhibition”, where exhibitions of various climates can be seen. The permanent exhibition features different areas, including Tree of Life, Tropical Plants Area, Subtropical Plants Area, Rare Plants Area, Fleshy Plants Area, Temperate Plants Area, and Alpine Plants Area, with more than 700 plant species. In addition, visitors could see the preserved flower – a creation of biotechnology – and understand its many applications.
Have a look…
Be sure to combine this with the other pavilions and perhaps the Lin An Tai Heritage House and Museum.