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Best places to go for a spring floral excursion in China

By Weiwei Guan

April 19

Beautifully colored flowers provide a spectacular show in many places in China thanks to local gardeners’ mastery of the different conditions throughout the country.

Beautifully colored flowers provide a spectacular show in many places in China thanks to local gardeners’ mastery of the different conditions throughout the country.

What are some rare flowers that foreigners don’t commonly see, and where can you enjoy their beauty?

1. Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou 广州白云山

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Based on Tao Yuanming’s The Peach Colony, the Peach Blossom Brook at Baiyun Mountain is a great place to see peach blossoms. Peach trees are planted everywhere in the park and from February to April visitors will find themselves engulfed in a sea of pink blossoms.

2. Plum Blossom Mountain, Nanjing 南京梅花山

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The Plum Blossom Mountain in Nanjing is one of the four best spots to enjoy plum blossoms in China. It’s a feast for the eyes to see so many different plum blossoms in the 400 acre park. The best time to enjoy the flowers in Nanjing is from March to April. Sometimes early plum blossoms can also been seen in late February.

3. Luoyang, Henan 河南洛阳

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The peony is a traditional Chinese flower known as the king of flowers. Since Wu Zetian was empress during the Tang Dynasty, Luoyang has been a great place to admire their beauty. The best time to visit is from mid-April to early May.

4. Hefei, Anhui 安徽合肥

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In the city of Hefei, Li Guodong, the son of Li Hong Chang’s (viceroy of Qing Dynasty) nephew, built two recreational pavilions. The apricot trees planted nearby give Apricot Blossom Park its name.

Blossoming every March and April, the white petals with their dash of red give the park its charming scenery. The Apricot Blossom Festival begins at this time, making Apricot Blossom Park a popular place for outings and photography.

5. Wuhan, Hubei 湖北武汉

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From mid-March, cherry trees in Wuhan University begin to blossom and their florescence usually lasts just twenty days. Every spring, millions of visitors flood here to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms. The occasional March cold spell brings a little snow sometimes and creates, an amazing “cherry blossom rain”.

Standing on the roof of the dormitory of Wuhan University, you will find the old library at your side. Overlooking the road of cherry blossoms, the flowers, arbors, and the distant Luojia Mountain paint a picturesque scene.

6. Wuyuan, Jiangxi 江西婺源

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In Wuyuan, you will find yourself immersed in a sea of azaleas, green tea trees and golden cole flowers. Combined with white walls and black roofs, five colors integrate perfectly in Wuyuan. Early March and late April is the best season to visit, when the cole flowers blossom. Wuyuan is sometimes considered as the most beautiful village in China because of the great view.

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