Best Time to See the Cherry Blossoms in Beijing

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Plan your Beijing Spring Flower Tour? If you are going to visit Beijing during the period of late March and early April, your travel time just meshes with cherry blossom bloom in Beijing.

The local blossoms are bound to bloom sometime around the end of March into early April, but the exact peak bloom varies year to year.

Basically cherry peak bloom lasts just for a breeze of about a week or so. But it takes about half a month for the cherry blossoms to go from just buds to brilliant flowers through disappearing and being taken over by green leaves.

So generally, the cherry blooms appear around the last week of March through the first week of April. But the  exact peak bloom largely depends on the weather in previous weeks and months. Warmer, sunnier weather tends to generate an earlier bloom. Long and cold wintry weather delays the peak bloom.

No one guarantees the timing of the blossom  peak bloom. In Beijing, most people schedule travel plans or cheery blossom visit based on the official announcement for the opening of the annual Yuyuantan Cherry Blossom Festival.

Yuyuantan Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest of this kind in the northern China. The festival is run by Yuyantan Park Administration with the main venue at Yuyuantan Park.

There are about 2000 cherry trees of over 30 different species, many of which were gifts from Japan when the two countries re-opened diplomatic ties in the 1970s. The lake is also well know for boating. You are able to cruise from the lake to Summer Palace.

What is unique about the cherry blossoms in Yuyuantan Park is that it generally has two kinds of cherry blossoms – Early Blossoms and late blossoms.

Early cherry blossoms boom: late March and only a week for viewing.
Late cherry blossoms: from mid April to late April for half a month.

 Yuyuantan Cherry Blossoms Festival
Time: late March – April 30
Entrance Fee: 10 Yuan
Opening time: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm (ticket office closes).
Venue: Yuyuantan Park
Tel: 88653804
How to get there
To South gate: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the Military Museum Stop.

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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Spring Excursion Day Tour
Beijing Spring Downtown Day Tour

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

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

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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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12 Responses to “Best Time to See the Cherry Blossoms in Beijing”

  1. Michael Tan says:

    Please advise me the best time to visit your Yuyuantan Cherry Blossom Festival in Bejing and also
    your Sakura blossoms Festival in Which City so I can arrange to full tour from Perth,Australia to visit .Thank you and appreciated you let me know by email so I can secure our air tickets early.Thank you.
    Michael Tan
    Mobile 61-422212888

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Michael Tan,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    But no one is able to predict the exact timing of the blossom and peak bloom. In Beijing, generally early cherry blossoms boom: late March and only a week for viewing; Late cherry blossoms: from mid April to late April for half a month.

    Each year Sakura blossoms Festival will be held many cities in China. As far as I know, annual Sakura blossoms Festival will be held in Shanghai. Check out the link below for more information:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/shanghai-travel/shanghai-cherry-blossom-festival

    Have a good time in China!

  3. Michelle says:

    Hello 🙂
    When is the best time to visit Yuyuantan Cherry Blossom Festival in Bejing for this year 2018?

  4. Daniel says:

    Dear Michelle,

    Basically the festival will be open at late March and close at the end of April each year. Have a fun!

  5. Chan says:

    Is the cherry blossom full bloomed right now? I arrive in Beijing on 4/16/18.

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Chan,

    Yes, the cherry festival this year starts from March 23 through the end of April. Have a good time!

  7. esther says:

    Hi,
    we would like to see the cherry blossom festival and plum season or flower season in april 2019.may i know the date for seeing the beautiful flowers in beijing or places near beijing. We need to book the tour for next year in April 2019 and wish to have more accurate date for cherry blossom season.

    thank you.

  8. Daniel says:

    Dear Esther,

    As far as I know, the best place to view the cherry flowers in Beijing is Yuyuantan Park.

    Yuyuantan Cherry Blossoms Festival
    Time: late March – April 30
    Entrance Fee: 10 Yuan
    Opening time: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm (ticket office closes).
    Tel: 88653804
    How to get there
    To South gate: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the Military Museum Stop.

  9. Maria says:

    Hello. I want to go between march or april 2019.
    I want to know when the most accurate date (early or mid or late march / april) for cherry blossom season in beijing, shanghai, hangzhou, suzhou, nanjing ? thx u

  10. Daniel says:

    Dear Maria,
    Basically the best time for sherry blooming is between late March to early April. Have a good time!

  11. Tasimba says:

    In 2019 in 11 apr can I see sakura
    Thank you

  12. Daniel says:

    Dear Tasimba,

    Yes, basically you can. Have a nice time!

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