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Where to see lovely spring flowers in Beijing

By Linting Hou

March 24

The warm and humid spring endows Beijing with a flowery season between mid-March and May.

The warm and humid spring endows Beijing with a flowery season between mid-March and May.

In spring, cherry blossoms, magnolia flowers, peonies and peach blossom are in full bloom in Beijing. If you want to go on a floral excursion to our capital city, here are four places we recommend.

1. Yuyuantan Park

The cherry blossom in Yuyuantan Park, Beijing. [Image Credit: VCG]
Yuyuantan Park is the best place to admire cherry blossoms in Beijing. Located in the northwest area of the park is the Cherry Garden where 2,000 cherry blossom trees grow. Each year, the park holds the Cherry Blossoms Festival between late March and the end of April, when more than 20 kinds of cherry flowers hit their peak bloom.

Best time to visit: Between late March and the end of April

Entry: 10 yuan/person (during the Cherry Blossoms Festival)

Transport: Take the Subway Line 1 and get off at the Muxidi Station. Or take bus route 1 and get off at the Muxidi West Stop.

Opening hours: 6:00 am–8:30 pm

2. Beijing Botanical Garden

The peach blossom in the Botanical Garden in Beijing. [Image Credit: VCG]
Covering four-square kilometers, Beijing Botanical Garden is home to more than 10,000 species of plants. Ornamental Peach Garden is one of the most popular sub-gardens in the spring. Between the end of March and the beginning of May, it holds the Peach Blossom Festival, which showcases the widest collection of peach blossoms in the world.

Best time to visit: Between the end of March and the beginning of May

Entry: 10 yuan/person (during the Peach Blossom Festival)

Transport: Take bus routes 331, 634 or 696 and get off at the Beijing Botanical Garden Stop.

Opening hours: 7:00 am–5:00 pm

3. Summer Palace

The magnolia flowers in the Summer Palace in Beijing. [Image Credit: VCG]
In the Summer Palace, there are two magnolia trees that were planted by the Qianlong Emperor (1711–1799) more than 200 years ago. One of the magnolia trees, producing pink flowers, is growing behind the Hall of Joy and Longevity (乐寿堂). The other one, which has white flowers, is growing near the Yaoyue Gate. Other than these two well-known trees, there are many others throughout the park.

Best time to visit: April and May

Entry: 30 yuan/person (April–October); 20 yuan/person (November–March)

Transport: Take the Subway Line 4 and get off at the Beigongmen Station.

Opening hours: 8:30 am–5:00 pm (April–October);

9:00 am–4:00 pm (November–March)

4. Jingshan Park

Peonies in the Jingshan Park in Beijing. [Image Credit: VCG]
In China, peonies symbolize royalty and wealth. So for most royal gardens, peonies are indispensable. Jingshan Park, the backyard of the Forbidden City, has a long history of planting peonies, which dates back to the Jin Dynasty (1115–1234). In 1997, the park began to hold the Peony Festival between mid-April and late May. During the festival, more than 20,000 peonies attract a great number of tourists from home and abroad.

Best time to visit: Between mid-April and late May

Entry: 10 yuan/person (during the Peony Festival)

Transport: Take bus routes 101, 103 or 109 and get off at the Palace Museum Stop.

Opening hours: 6:30 am–9:00 pm (April–October);

6:30 am–8:00 pm (November–March)

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