Top 6 Flower Festivals in China
“Lyre-playing, chess, calligraphy and painting, as well as poetry, wine and flowers” are traditionally the “seven arts of the Chinese scholar”. Admiring the beauty of flowers is a very important taste of life to the ancient Chinese. At present there are various flower festivals held across the country, which one is worth a look? Check the following top 6 popular Chinese flower festivals and start your flower-viewing trip now.
1. Luoyang Peony Festival
The peony symbolizes prosperity and a happy marriage in China. Luoyang Peony Festival is the NO.1 flower festival in China and has been added to China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The festival began in 1983 and has been successfully held 35 times until 2017. The festival period is from 5th April to 5th May.
2. Wuhan University Cherry Flower Festival
Wuhan University Cherry Flower Festival is held from late March to early April each year. The historical campus architecture together with the natural scenery at Wuhan University is quite attractive. The festival attracts missions of visitors each year.
3. Pingu Peach Blossom Festival
The Pingu Peach Blossom Festival in Beijing is held from mid April to early May each year. At this time the a total 14,674 hectares peach blossoms are in full blossom surround Pingu valley and reach as far as the eye can see.
4. Nanjing Plum Blossom Festival
Nanjing Plum Blossom Festival is held from mid Feb to March each year. The Nanjing Plum Blossom Mountain is the main site to enjoy the plum flowers. The mountain covers an area of 1533 acres with more than 350 varieties and more than 35,000 plum trees.
5. Hangzhou West Lake Osmanthus Festival
Autumn is the best time to enjoy the fragrant sweet osmanthus. Hangzhou West Lake Osmanthus Festival is held annually in West Lake for one month. Sweet osmanthus is the city flower of Hangzhou and has grown in Hangzhou for more than 1,600 years. The best sites to view the flowers are Sweet Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village (满陇桂雨公园), Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺) and Hangzhou Botanical Garden (杭州植物园).
6. Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival
The Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Festival started in 1983 and is held in October every year. More than 1,300 varieties of chrysanthemums in the Dragon Park attracts visitors, both local and global i the one month long festival.