|Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival
This year, Cherry Blossom Festival in Shanghai
started on March 15 and will conclude on April 14, with Gucun Park in Baoshan District being the main venue, along with seven other parks, including Gongqing Forest Park, Fengxian Haiwan National Forest Park, Pudong Century Park
, Pudong Huaxia Park, Minhang Sports Park, Hongkou Luxun Park and Yangpu Park. It is always a grand festival featuring a variety of cherry blossom and interesting cultural activities.
As present, Gucun Park gathers over 12,000 cherry trees belonging to 82 species. Pink, white, red, and light green flowers, with brown branches and verdant leaves, form a sea of colors. The tender petals send out pleasant fragrance, enchanting all visitors.
Yang Xin, an official in Baoshan District, told at a press conference that the cherry trees would blossom better this year. Many of them were introduced from Japan and they are now more accustomed to the climate of Shanghai.
Major Activities in Gucun Park during the Festival
1. Chinese Cultural Show
On weekends during the festival, visitors can enjoy traditional Chinese costume shows. Some folk opera artistes are invited to perform operas on the outdoor stage in the park. Besides, there are martial art shows. All are aimed at spreading the quintessence of Chinese culture.
2. Dating Games
Single people can take part in some games to make friends with others. If the person is lucky enough, she or he may meet the right person.
Entrance Fee: CNY 20, free for children below 4.3 feet (1.3m).
Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00
How to get there: Visitors can easily get to Gucun Park by taking Subway Line 7
The cherry trees came out in full blossom only after late March. If you are in Shanghai now, do not miss the chance to have a feast for your eyes.
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