In bloom: The best flower festivals around Beijing

Find these short-lived blooms at these flower-powered locations around Beijing

Photo: Beijing International Flower Port/WeChat
Go beyond the occasional spring blossom sightings and head out for the city's most gorgeous foliage around Beijing. These top flower festivals are where you'll find thousands upon thousands of blossoms in bloom, or buds just about to stretch those lovely petals out. Make sure your phones, cameras and power banks are fully charged; you're going to be taking a lot of photos.
Zhongshan Park's Flower Culture Festival

Zhongshan Park's Flower Culture Festival

There's plenty to see on the southwest side of Zhongshan Park where more than 60 kinds of mountain peach blossoms flowering majestically for Zhongshan Park's 8th Flower Culture Festival. Snap away as you take in the view of gorgeous hillside blooms amid a backdrop of sturdy cypress trees and (hopefully) lovely blue skies. According to Zhongshan Park's official WeChat account, there's a high probability that 90 percent of these flowers are going to be blooming by the end of March. 

Get venue details here and more (Chinese) information and photos here.

Photo: Zhongshan Park/WeChat

Beijing Botanical Garden's Peach Blossom Festival

Beijing Botanical Garden's Peach Blossom Festival

The Beijing Botanical Garden's 31st Peach Blossom Festival and the 16th World Famous Flower exhibition are already attracting crowds with their wondrous blooms. Jump into what could be a scene straight out of traditional Chinese paintings by heading straight to Nanhu or South Lake where breathtaking views of the lake and the foliage abound. With about a hundred species and more than a million flowers broken down into themes within the park, it's easy to get lost. But there's no better place to wander around than from now until May 1, when the gardens are in bloom. 

Greenhouse 50RMB for adults; 25RMB for students
Temple of the Reclining Buddha 5RMB adults and 2.5RMB for students
Entrance, greenhouse and temple 50RMB for adults; 25RMB for students

Get venue details here and more (Chinese) information and photos here

Photo: Beijing Botanical Gardens/WeChat

Beijing International Flower Port's Tulip Festival

Beijing International Flower Port's Tulip Festival

The 10th International Tulips festival kicks off on April 5 and will last until May 6. This ocean of tulips comprises of 130 varieties – though props to you if you can tell the difference, apart from the colours. More than just pretty flowers, the park is also spicing it up with floral pieces and sculpted landscapes that'll keep the kids entertained for the rest of the day. No, you're not in Holland.

Click here for venue details and here for photos and more information (in Chinese).

Photo: Beijing International Flower Port/WeChat

Yuyuantan Park's Cherry Blossoms Culture Festival

Yuyuantan Park's Cherry Blossoms Culture Festival

Yuyuantan Park's 31st Cherry Blossom Culture Festival is now in full swing, along with the park's first-ever Lupine Festival, making sure that even when the cherry blossom season is over, there are still colourful Lupine plants to please the eyes. This year, the park has also teamed up with Huawei and Beijing Mobile, giving park visitors access to the 5G network for instant selfie uploads. What more could you want?

However, if the thought of all the selfie snappers has you feeling a bit off, head there early in the morning and avoid going during the weekends and holidays – your first warning of hordes of sightseers are the tourist buses lined up outside the park.  

Get venue details here and more (Chinese) information and photos here.

Photo: Yuyuantan/WeChat

Olympic Park's 8th flower season

Olympic Park's 8th flower season

Fancy a jog under spring foliage? Head over to Asia's largest 'urban greening landscape' where you can exercise under the blooms. To the south of the park are flowers amid large, natural landscapes while the north has blooms sprouting along picturesque streams and a small forest. More than 30 varieties of blooms, including mountain peach, magnolias and forsythias, await.

Get venue details here and more (Chinese) information and photos here. 

Photo: Olympic Park/WeChat

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