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Lushunkou cherry festival

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2017-01-13

As April blossoms, over 30,000 flowering cherries will flourish throughout Lushunkou, Dalian, the most southern part of Liaodong peninsula. 

Rows of cherry trees create a seemingly infinite cloud of flora and fragrance, delicate petals lining the streets as the whole city succumbs to the smell of spring. 

Lushunkou was one of the earliest places to plant cherry trees across a large area in China. It has since become tradition to celebrate the blossoming if cherries as a way of welcoming spring. 

The best places to view the flowering cherry trees are Lushunkou No 203 cherry blossom park and Longwangtang cherry park.

In Longwangtang cherry park, there are around 3,000 cherry trees of over a dozen varieties, including univalve and bivalve pink, white and red cherries. Here, people can also see some rare species of tree, such as cedar, sabina chinensis, magnolia stellata and etc. 

Covering an area of nearly 50,000 square meters, No 203 scenic spot is said to be the largest cherry garden in Northeast China with more than 5,000 cherry trees. Lately, the park has introduced over 800 new precious cherry trees so that people can appreciate the North Korean yellow cherries, American green cherries and Canadian red cherries right at home. 

Visitors can also choose to appreciate flowering cherries when night falls, as magical lights create a romantic, radiant glow.