Cherry Flower Festival kicks off in Gucun Park
Updated: 2015-03-19

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The fifth Shanghai Cherry Flower Blossoms Festival kicked off in Gucun Park of Baoshan district on Wednesday, with more than 12,000 cherry trees presenting a spectacular picture of multihued blossoms and fragrant air.

The festival will run through April 15. The area planted cherry trees covers about 73 hectares, much more than previous years. Many of the trees are more than half a century old.

More than 60 varieties of cherry trees blossom in many hues: light red, pink, purple and white. The peak of the blooming period is late March, when the whole park is expected to become a pink sea.

The park will release the number of visitors in the park on its website and social network Sina Weibo, so that visitors can avoid overflow crowds. The park is expected to receive 120,000 to 20,000 visitors a day.

Some 3,000 parking spaces are available and 2,400 temporary parking spaces are added during the festival.

Another highlight of the park is the barbecue zone, with 60 barbecue pits to grill chicken wings and enjoy the lake view. There will also be a matchmaking event during the festival, as matchmaking is usually a theme of the spring season, especially under the cherry trees.

IF YOU GO
Gucun Park
6 am to 6 pm
4788 Hutai Rd, Baoshan district
021-5604-5199
Ticket: 20 yuan ($3.2) per person

Besides Gucun Park, there are many other places in the city where you can enjoy the cherry blossom.

Century Park
A Cherry Blossom Island located at the center of the park has more than 1,000 cherry trees, 90 percent of which are home-cultivated varieties introduced from Fenghua, Zhejiang province.
Add: 1001 Jinxiu Road, Pudong New Area
 

Luxun Park
It boasts 600 cherry trees in 15 varieties and most of them were donated by Japanese friends and associations of Chinese students in Japan.
Add: 2288 Sichuan Rd North, Hongkou District

Century Avenue
In the hustling and bustling Lujiazui financial district, there is a peaceful cherry garden among the skyscrapers. It features beautiful paths boasting a luscious cherry blossom landscape.
Add: Between Laoshan Rd West and Pudong Rd South, outside the Dongchanglu station of Metro line 2

Minhang Sports Park
There is a 1,000-meter-long flower boulevard in the east of the park where about 2,000 Japanese cherry trees bloom together with other spring flowers like malus halliana, peach, apricot and Bauhinia.
Add: 456 Xinzhen Road, Minhang district

Tongji University
If you want to see acres of beautiful cherry blossoms but in a more academic setting, the Tongji University is a good option. On both sides of Aixiao Road in the campus’ internal roads are lined by cherry trees which blossom in early April every year.
Add: Aixiao Road inside the university, near the gate at 50 Chifeng Road, Yangpu district

Shanghai Botanical Garden
As one of the earliest areas in Shanghai that introduced cherry trees, the botanic garden boasts cherry trees of more than 20 varieties. Enter the garden at Gate 2 and walk west for about 15 minutes, you can find the fragrant pink blossom.
Add: 1111 Longwu Rd, Xuhui district
 

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