Top 6 Must See Cherry Blossoms in Beijing
Beijing is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist spots to enjoy the cherry blossoms in China, and with good reason!
Aside from the view from your window down at your apartment complex’s gardens, there are numerous places to enjoy the blooming of the many different types of blossoms throughout Beijing.
After a long and largely lifeless winter in Beijing, entering springtime brings a new lease of life into the city.
Beginning at the end of March and lasting throughout April and into May, the city brightens up to showcase a beautiful array of flowering blossoms. Despite the random snow that descended over the city during the start of April, spring is finally here.
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #6 – Temple of Heaven / Summer Palace
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #5 – Great Wall of China
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #4 – Beijing Botanical Garden
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #3 – Pinggu’s Peach Groves
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #2 – Jingshan Park
Best Cherry Blossoms in Beijing #1 – Yuyuantan Park
Before getting stuck into the list we just wanted to make you aware of a phenomenon that seems mainly reserved for China.
When coming to a tourist attraction, especially one with pretty colours such as this one, expect the elder Chinese generation to steal the limelight with their selfie sticks and poses. They tend to out-do their younger compatriots, to our surprise and the husband/boyfriends job for the day generally revolves around taking 1000’s of pictures! Enjoy
Here’s our list of the 6 best places to enjoy the Chinese cherry blossom festival season in Beijing.
6. Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace
Best time to go: End of March – End of May
Temple of Heaven – Clove Blossoms
In the Temple of Heaven, there are 240 clove trees that line up to create a sea of color.
You can find them near the Hall of Prayer.
- The Summer Palace
Head to the popular Summer Palace in Beijing towards the end of March or beginning of April.
This is definitely the best time to visit, as you’ll be hit by the beautiful fragrance produced by the Magnolia trees.
Not only that but the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are two of Beijing’s finest sites all year around.
Two birds, one stone!
5. The Great Wall of China
Best time to go: Beginning of April
Alongside the Badaling Great Wall stretch, you’ll find large fields of Apricot trees that brighten up the landscape.
Combine a trip to the Great Wall with a bit of blossom viewing and you’ll have the perfect combination of tourist attraction and nature enjoyment – plus, it makes those pictures that more Instagram-friendly.
4. Beijing Botanical Garden 北京植物园
Best time to go: Early April – May
As soon as Beijing begins to warm up, the peach blossoms at the Beijing Botanical Gardens start to blossom.
Thousands of peach trees line up to create an endless sea of colour, and with over 70 varieties of peach trees each with their own unique character, you definitely won’t get bored of the sight of them.
The botanical gardens boast the largest peach blossom garden in the whole of Northern China, located just outside of the centre of Beijing.
The Beijing Peach Blossom Festival is also held in these gardens – although the exact date of this festival varies annually.
So, if you haven’t taken a trip to the botanical gardens yet – now is your perfect chance!
3. Pinggu’s Peach Groves
Best time to go: April – May
Pinggu in Liujiadian County lies about 40 miles (70km) northeast of Beijing – but with over 6,000 hectares of peach groves, it’s definitely worth the trip on a sunny day.
Pinggu offers something for all the senses; take a stroll through the groves and enjoy the powerful fragrance surrounding the area or have a picnic and enjoy picking and sampling your own peaches.
All whilst surrounded by what is said to be the largest peach grove area in the world.
2. Jingshan Park
Best time to go: Late April – late May
Escape the hustle and bustle of China’s capital city, Beijing, and go to Jingshan Park for a piece of bliss and serenity amongst the otherwise crowded and noisy city center.
Jingshan Park is located just North of the Forbidden City. It is a perfect place to relax.
Every year the city holds its annual Peonie flower exhibition in Jingshan Park – which showcases the biggest collection in the whole of Beijing. This has been a tradition since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
As well as the 30,000+ peonies and 200 varieties to enjoy, you will also be able to enjoy the site of the many locals that come here on a daily basis to practice tai-chi, dance, or just take a walk.
1. Yuyuantan park –玉渊潭公园
Best time to go: End of March/Mid- April
Yuyuantan Park is probably one of the most famous places in Beijing for enjoying cherry blossoms in China.
It has the largest collection of cherry trees in Beijing (over 2,000) and the gardens themselves are stunning.
Here you will also find the Yuyuantan Park Cherry Blossom Festival – run by Yuyuantan Park.
This is the largest festival of its kind in northern China, and it attracts people from all over the world every year.
Aside from the Cherry Blossoms, the park has many attractions that make it fun for all the family. So whether you have kids or you are a big kid yourself, you won’t run out of things to do here!
Beijing isn’t short of excellent Cherry Blossom sightings, let’s summarise them here for you:
- Temple of Heaven / Summer Palace
- Great Wall of China
- Beijing Botanical Garden
- Pinggu’s Peach Groves
- Jingshan Park
- Yuyuantan Park
If you’re a big fan of blossoms, check out our blog with recommendations for the best places to catch the blossoms in Taiwan:
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