Cherry Blossoms in Beijing

March 19, 2013 by

Free Things to Do, Sightseeing, Things To Do

Cherry blossoms at a university in Beijing. Photo courtesy of Caitriana Nicholson via Flickr.

Cherry blossoms at a university in Beijing. Photo courtesy of Caitriana Nicholson via Flickr.

During late March and throughout April, spring usually pays a visit, bringing with it a colorful display of cherry blossoms in Beijing. If you’re in China’s capital city during this lovely time of year, make sure to visit Yuyuantan Park to see the trees in full bloom.

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While you’ll find cherry blossom trees scattered throughout the city, Yuyuantan Park is famous for them, having more than 2,000 trees of more than 20 varieties — the highest concentration anywhere in Beijing. The first 180 cherry trees planted in the park were gifted to China by Japan in 1973. Now the park hosts a Cherry Blossom Festival each spring to celebrate the appearance of these red, pink and white blossoms.

If you didn’t get your fill of flower viewing at Yuyuantan Park, here are a few other options for enjoying spring flowers in Beijing:

  • Beijing Botanical Garden- Come here to see the peach trees blossom from early April until mid-May.
  • Xiangshui Lake- This area comes alive in spring with pearl, peach and apricot blossoms as well as azaleas.
  • Jingshan Park- From mid-April to mid-May, some 100 varieties of peonies color this quiet park.
  • Dajue Temple- Huge, white magnolia flowers start blooming at Dajue Temple in early April. One of the trees is thought to be more than 300 years old.
  • Tanzhe Temple- Tanzhe Temple is known for its unusual purple magnolias that bloom in the first weeks of April.
  • Phoenix Ridge Nature Park- If you need a spring escape from the city, come see the 99 acres (40 hectares) of apricot trees in bloom.

-Lydia Schrandt

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