Annual lavender festival begins at tourism and resorts zone

The city's annual lavender festival kicked off in Pudong on Saturday to attract an estimate of 600,000 visitors through the end of June.
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Visitors pose with the lavender field in full blossom at the Herb Garden of Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone on Friday.

The city’s annual lavender festival kicked off in Pudong on Saturday to attract an estimate of 600,000 visitors through the end of June.

The festival being held at the Herb Garden in the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone features the city's largest lavender field covering 150,000 square meters, making it the largest lavender-themed festival in east China.

The Merriatte lavenders imported from Provence, France, are in full bloom through mid-June, offering the best chance for visitors to pose with, according to the management committee of the zone, the organizer of the event.

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Visitors pose with the lavender field in full blossom at the Herb Garden of Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone on Friday.

The lavender field covering 150,000 square meters, said to be the city's largest, at the Herb Garden of Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone.

After the full blossom, the lavenders will be harvested and made into various products and souvenirs such as sachet and doll bears in late June, the organizer said.

A sports and recreation zone has been established on the main grassland of the garden, where parents can take their children to take part in a number of sports activities such as ball games, cycling and virtual reality games. Baby horses, alpacas and sheep are also being raised in the garden.

A barbecue section features steaks and snacks from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Australia.

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Visitors pose with the lavender field in full blossom at the Herb Garden of Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone on Friday.

The festival is part of the efforts of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone to create a top choice for local citizens and tourists to spend holidays within the city. It aims to further involve culture, sports and entertainment elements to also attract visitors from the Yangtze River Delta cities.

Admission to the garden is 60 yuan (US$9.4). Visitors can get to the garden via Metro Line 11. It is a five-minute walk from exit No.3 of the Disney Resort Station. Those who drive to the garden can park in the P3 and P4 lots for five hours free if they buy an admission ticket to the garden.


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