Spring means nature's rebirth. Plants turn green and flowers begin to blossom again. Here, The following introduces the top flowers to see in Beijing for your enjoyment if you have China tours in Beijing.
1. Apricot blossom
Fenghuangling, also known as the "Phoenix Mountain", is located at the north of Haidian District. It is called the "green lungs of Beijing", referring to its fresh air, and labeled as the "small Yellow Mountain" because of its dense vegetation, unique rocks, grand hills and gurgling springs. Located over 30 kilometers from downtown, the scenic area is a wonderful place to escape from the crowded city and relax your body. One of Fenghuangling's major attractions is Buddhist Longquan Temple, which was originally built in 951. Every year, from March to May, over 600 acres apricot plants blossom, attracting visitors all over the country to enjoy the blossom spectacle.
Admission: 25 yuan
Getting there: Take subway Line 4 to Beigongmen and then transfer No. 346 bus to Fenghuangling.
2. Peach blossom
Beijing Botanical Garden is situated in the western outskirts of the city between Xiangshan Park and Yuquan Mountain. With intriguing rockeries, clear ponds and elegant bridges, the garden is a wonderful place to explore natural beauty. Beijing Botanical Garden is the largest in North China, with a great variety of greenhouses, rare trees and stunning flowers, as well as a number of historical attractions, such as Cao Xueqin Memorial and Liang Qichao Tomb. Since 1981, the Peach Blossom Festival has been held every spring, with more than 6,000 peach plants in 70 varieties, and is labeled as the largest peach forest in the world.
Admission: 10 yuan
Getting there: Bus No. 318, 331, 360, 714, 733, 737, 833, 904 to Beijing Botanical Garden.
Time: April to late-May
Place: Yunmengshan Forest Park
Standing at the border of Miyun County and Huairou County, Yunmengshan Forest Park is about 85 kilometers north of the city center. Covering an area of more than 2,208 hectares, the park boasts a dense forest offering more than 100 varieties of trees and contains a wild botanical garden that overlooks the western shore of Miyun Reservoir. Spring is amazing with at least 5,000 acres of red azalea, green leaves and other colorful flowers all over the mountain. Besides, steep cliff, lofty peaks, unique rocks, roaring waterfalls, gurgling springs and streams will also delight your body and heart.
Admission: 35 yuan for adults, 17 yuan for kids
Getting there: Bus No. 936 branch line (Yujiayuan to Tanghekou) to Yuanmengshan.
Constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle, Tiantan, better known as the Temple of Heaven, was a place for emperors to pray to Heaven. In the 16th Century, the temple was extended and renamed during the reign of the Emperor Jiajing, who also built three other prominent temples in Beijing: the Temple of the Sun in the east, the Temple of the Earth in the north and the Temple of the Moon in the west. Now, the temple has become a park attracting numerous visitors each year. In the park, there is a large lilac grove; when the flowers blossom, the beauty and perfume are enchanting.
Admission: 35 yuan in busy season (April-October), 30 yuan off-season.
Getting there: Bus No. 6, 34, 36, 106, 110, 687 to the north gate; No. 53, 120, 122, 958 to the south gate; No. 626 to the west gate; or take subway Line 5 to East Gate of Tiantan Station.
If you plan to have China custom tour in spring, the above-mentioned flowers and parks are your choice.
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