Wuhan: a city of flowers
Date：2017-09-16 12:30:51 Source：Changjiang Daily
Wuhan has been named "Queen of the Flower Cities" on China Tourism Awards list. According to local citizens and tourists who have visited Wuhan, this title is well-deserved.
The tulips smell fragrant, and the peonies are stunning. Still, it is the oriental cherry blossoms that standout in spring. Tourists from all over the country flock to Wuhan in April to see the cherry blossoms on Wuhan University's campus. A report once released by Center for the Social Survey Research of Wuhan University in 2014 showed that people came from 224 different Chinese cities to admire the flowers. The many dialects spoken by the visitors could have been used to create a map of modern Chinese linguistics.
Moshan Park, located by the East Lake, is also a popular destination for those hoping to admire the cherry blossoms.
It is hard to say which flowers are the most beautiful. One thing for certain is that there is a new flower species blooming in Wuhan every week. In 2013, millions of local residents voted for the "Top Ten Floral Scenes in Wuhan." In the order, the results were: the East Lake plum blossoms, East Lake oriental cherry blossoms, East Lake lotus blossoms, Mulan Tianchi apricot blossoms, Qingliangzhai Chinese cherry blossoms, Yunwu Mountains azaleas, reed catkins in Hankou Riverside, Jiangxia "Eight Sights of Lianghu Lake," Jinligou cherry blossoms, and Qingshan Park azaleas. People in Wuhan will see 20 different kinds of flowers bloom in 60 different flower beds during the next four seasons. Still, the most famous flowers in Wuhan will continue to be the oriental cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, lotus blossoms, peonies, and azaleas.
The East Lake Plum Blossoms Garden
The Wuhan Botanical Garden is also a great place to learn about and admire many different types of flowers. There are also many great flower exhibitions on local street corners.
The main reason why flowers can be seen year round in Wuhan is that Wuhan is located at the geographic center of China. According to Dr. Chu Haijia of the Wuhan Botanical Garden and Chinese Academy of Sciences, both northern and southern flowers can adapt to the local climate. It is no exaggeration to say that you can see all the magnificent flowers of China without ever leaving the city of Wuhan.