Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park blooms with spring color
A colorful forest of flowers is in bloom at Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park in Yangpu District. The park adds a splash of color to the city's spring, as the annual urban forest flower exhibition is scheduled to kick off on April 2.
The kaleidoscope of colors features peach, cherry and crabapple flowers, the three dominating blossoms of the festival, which comprises four display areas, showcasing a dreamlike scenery of nature.
There are eight outdoor floral landscapes blending bamboo carving and garden arrangements, together with Jiangnan (regions in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) spring scenery in traditional Chinese courtyards.
Along rivers, multi-colored floral landscapes are presented, bringing visitors into nature.
The display features about 1,200 trees of crabapple flowers in about 10 varieties, covering 15,000 square meters, 7,000 square meters of peach blossoms, and six varieties of cherry blossoms, covering nearly 6,000 square meters.
Walking on Fengyu, Chengbi and Qingbo bridges, people can enjoy another floral world with magnolia and bauhinia, and about 50 varieties of plants such as hydrangea and fern planted at gardens along the rivers.
A sea of herbaceous flowers covering nearly 5,000 square meters offers another splendid view near the east gate of the park.
Azaleas are also in full bloom at the park.
During the festival in its 22nd edition, a raft of activities will be held to enrich visitor experiences.
On the list is a flower market, salons and sports activities.
Visitors are invited to try their hands at creating floral garlands, arranging flowers, painting with plants, and making straw-woven rabbits.
A contest of jiuzi, the "nine games" traditionally played in Shanghai longtang (lanes) in the 1950s and 1960s, will be held at the park on April 29.
If you go
Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park 上海共青森林公园
Opening hours: 5am-7:30pm, April 2-May 6
Address: 2000 Jungong Road, Yangpu District 上海市杨浦区军工路2000号