Guiyang's vibrant bouquet
Spring is a time of new beginnings. As winter’s chill slowly fades, fresh shoots rise toward the warming sun, opening to reveal nature’s complete rainbow.
At this time of year, Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, is flush with bright spring flowers, and bevvies of eager visitors wishing get an eyeful of the city’s best buds.
Winter jasmine is named so because its earliest blooms start coming through in February. Known as one of the “Four Gentlemen of Winter”, along with plum blossoms, narcissus and camellia, frost resistant winter jasmine is one of the most common flowers in China.
The best places to see winter jasmine’s in Guiyang are Hebin Park and Guanshanhu Park.
Transportation: to Hebin Park, take 1,2,4,11,15 bus lines; to Guanshanhu Park, take 47, 208, 209, 246 bus lines to the City Administration Center station or Southwest Food Plaza station, or 71, 237, Guanshan 6 bus lines to the Jianhu Road station.
The floral language of magnolia is purity and nobility, according to its Chinese characters. Blooming from February to March, magnolias are widely planted in China. Nanzhao county in Henan province registered as the home of Chinese magnolias by the Chinese Society of Forestry.
The best places in Guiyang to see magnolias are Guanshanhu Park, Huahua town and Youer village.
Transportation: to Guanshanhu Park, take 47, 208, 209, 246 bus lines; to the City Administration Center station or Southwest Food Plaza station, or 71, 237, Guanshan 6 bus lines to the Jianhu Road station; to Huahua town, take 251, 252, 253, 56 bus lines, transfer at Shunhai station for rural bus line to Yangchang town; to Youer village, take a bus to Qingzhen town at Jinyang Bus Station, and then transfer at Qingzhen town to a bus approaching to Wanger village.
Peach blossoms, symbolizing love and romance, come into flower in March.
One of the best places for visitors to see peach blossom is Wanmu peach plantation in Yongle township.
Transportation: take a bus from Guanshui Road station to Yongle township, or drive to Yongle township through Lovers’ Valley.
Sakuras are often seen as token of love and hope, standing for decent pure love. As the national flower of Japan, sakuras have fragrant and bright-colored blooms.
Guiyang Medicine Botanical Garden, Hebin Park and Guiyang Forest Park in Guiyang are great places to see sakoras.
Transportation: to Guiyang Medicine Botanical Garden, take 9, 11, 21, 42 bus lines; to Hebin Park, take 1,2,4,11,15 bus lines; to Guiyang Forest Park, take 603 bus line.
Pear blossoms reach their peak on April 10, covering fields with petals white as snow.
The best places to see pear blossoms in Guiyang are Baihuahu Lake and Youer village in Qingzhen county.
Transportation: to Baihuahu Lake, take 225, Guanshan 6 bus lines; to Youer village, take a bus to Qingzhen town at Jinyang Bus Station, and then transfer at Qingzhen town to a bus approaching to Wanger village.
Azaleas, a symbol of delight, happiness, and love rank among the top Chinese traditional flowers for its gorgeous blooms. Baili Azalea Parkland in Guizhou, the largest natural garden of the world at 125.8 square kilometers, is honored as the kingdom of azaleas.
Transportation: to Baili Azalea Parkland, drive from Guiyang to Zunyi city through Lanhai Highway, and then stop at Baili Azalea station exit through Hangrui Highway, finally arrive at Pudi Scenic Spot by Huahai Road.
Tulips are the national flower of many countries, including the Netherlands, New Zealand, Iran and Turkey. Due to this, tulips are often praised as being “world flowers” and symbolize fashion and internationalization. The floral language of tulips is universal love, thoughtfulness, elegance, wealth, and intelligence.
Longjiashan National Forest Park is the best place to see tulips in Guizhou.
Transportation: to Longjiashan National Forest Park, drive from Guiyang to Gujiao town, Longli county, Qianxinan Bouyei and Miao autonomous prefecture.
Source from China Daily