The best place to view plum blossoms in Beijing

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Finally the long, dry and gloomy days of winter have left the city of Beijing and now comes its flower season. The whole city of Beijing wakes up with flowers blooming here and there between later March and later April. if you are interested in Beijing flower viewing, today’s post will be helpful for you to plan your own Beijing spring tour.

Plums are the early flowering trees that bloom as earlier as mid March in Beijing and end in mid April. The best place to see plum blossoms is Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park. The park is located just south of Beijing Railway Station.

The park is the only remaining city wall relics built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Beijing. The remnant city wall is about 1.5km in length, which is composed of the wall relics itself and the southeast corner tower of the former inner city in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Every year the local government would sponsor a plum blossom festival at Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park.

Today is a bit windy and a little overcast with highest temperature at 12 degrees Celsius. It is not a perfect day for photographing, adding some difficulty to an amateure photographer like me. As a plum flower enthusiast, I cannot afford to wait for another Sunday and miss the prime blooming time for plum blossoms.

Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park is just a 10 minute walk from my residential block. Today it seems that the good luck follows me. When I get there at 2:00 pm, the sky is blue with much sunshine! This gives me much enthusiasm to view and examine the various kinds of plum trees with different styles and colors of blossoms.

Blossom season is the happy time for photographers, professional and amateur as well as for people of all ages on spring outings to enjoy spring flowers. You see, there are quite a few people walking on the pathways below the ancient city wall, bathing in the sunshine and taking photos of the trees.

It is said that there are about 1,000 plum trees in the park and the prime blooming time is between March 25 and April 5. So I hit the right time for plum flower viewing in Beijing.

There are over a dozen types of plum trees in the park shown in the colors of black red, res, pink, white and green. People in small groups, family or friends, gather around some blooming plum trees, talking, laughing, taking pictures and some even taking a sniff of the fragrant buds.

Below are some of the plum blossom snaps today, and hope you will like them.

The blossom season is the happy time for people of all ages to embrace the nature.

The blossom season is the happy time for people of all ages

The plum blossoms against the wall is similar to a Chinese traditional painting

The plum blossoms against the wall is similar to a Chinese traditional painting

A veteran photographer is shooting his target

A veteran photographer is shooting his target

He himself has become part of the beautiful scene. The drooping plum tree blossoms have surely aroused his attention.

a lonely plum blossom

a lonely plum blossom

A happy couple

A happy couple

One full blossom and two buds

One full blossom and two buds

Refuse to be white

Refuse to be white

Heavily blossomed tree in white

Heavily blossomed tree in white

Black red plum blossoms

Black red plum blossoms

Struggling to be out of the buds

Struggling to be out of the buds

A beautiful fork of plum blossoms

A beautiful fork of plum blossoms

Green plum blossoms

Green plum blossoms

So why hesitate?

 

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Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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