Good news for Sakura lovers! If you’re planning to visit China in spring, there are plenty of places to appreciate beautiful cherry blossoms in China. Even though Japanese Sakura is well-known to the world, cherry blossoms in China will worth your appreciation as well. Basically, the flowering season of cherry trees is from March to April, the exact date varies from city to city. You can choose from these best places to see cherry blossoms in China.
Yuyuantan Park hosts Cherry Blossom Festival each April, and lots of tourists will come here to appreciate those beautiful flowers from March to April. There are nearly 2,000 cherry trees of 20 varieties available for viewing in the whole cherry garden. You can appreciate early cherry blossoms in mid-March, it’s just 7 days from flowering to fading. The late cherry blossoms start to bloom from the beginning of April, and the best viewing period is around mid-April.
Opening Hours: 6:00 am-8:30 pm
Admission: RMB 10 during Cherry Blossom Festival
How to Get to: take metro Line 1 or Line 9 and get off at the Military Museum Metro Station
Gucun Park has the largest cherry forest in Shanghai, with over 10,000 cherry trees of 28 species. Shanghai’s Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Gucun Park annually. There are several viewing areas to appreciate cherry blossoms in Gucun Park, including the Cherry Forest, Children’s Forest Carnival, Forest Leisure Sports Garden and Forest Roaming Garden.
Additionally, Gucun Park is very suitable for a family tour. The entire Gucun Park is really big, it is a large suburban forest park incorporated with functions like ecological protection, landscape viewing, leisure activities, entertainment, and tourism. With rivers, wet land, plant communities, and idyllic scenery, Gucun Park is a great place for you to explore the nature.
Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission: RMB 20
How to Get to: take metro Line 7 to Gucun Park Station
Qinglong Temple was one of the most famous temples in the Tang Dynasty, it played an important role in the cultural communication between ancient China and Japan. In 1986, about 1,000 cherry trees were planted inside the temple, which were imported from Japan. Even though there are just about 1,000 cherry trees in Qinglong Temple, you can see more than 100 varieties of cherry trees here.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am－5:00 pm
How to Get to: take metro Line 3 to Qinglong Temple Station
Yuantongshan Park is one of the most popular Kunming attractions in spring, because of the blooming cherry blossoms. There are more Yunnan Cherry Trees than Japanese Cherry Trees in this park, but the combination of various cherry blossoms makes Yuantongshan Park even more beautiful.
It’s particularly worth mentioning that there are more than a thousand crabapple trees planting near the cherry garden. As they have similar color and flowering date, you will see a spectacular view of a sea of pinkish flowers.
Opening Hours: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Admission: RMB 15
How to Get to: take bus No.4, 59, 74, 78, 83, 100, 101, 129, 234 to Yuantongshan Stop
Wuhan University is one of the most beautiful universities in China. There are several areas to appreciate cherry blossoms in Wuhan University, with about 1,000 cherry trees of more than 10 different species. Old buildings nearby are perfect background of those pretty flowers, you may feel the accumulated cultural atmosphere while admiring cherry blossoms in Wuhan University.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am－5:00 pm
How to Get to: take bus No.608, 806, 413, 564 to Wuhan University Stop
Qingdao has a long history of more than 80 years for appreciating cherry blossoms. The best place to see cherry blossoms in Qingdao is Zhongshan Park, which has over 20,000 cherry trees. Usually the flowering period of cherry trees in Qingdao is from mid-April to early May, and Zhongshan Park will host Cherry Blossom Festival during that time. If you’re planning to visit China in May, you still have a chance to indulge yourself in the ocean of cherry blossoms in Qingdao.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am－9:00 pm
How to Get to: take bus No.6, 15, 26, 31, 202, 206, 214, 219, 223, 228, 231 etc.
Yuantouzhu Park, or Tortoise Head Garden, is located at the northwest shore of Taihu Lake in Wuxi. There are over 30,000 cherry trees of more than 100 species in the Cherry Valley of Yuantouzhu Park, which is the most spectacular cherry blossom viewing area in China. What’s more, Yuantouzhu Park is reputed as one of the World’s Top 3 Sakura Viewing Destinations.
You can take a stroll along the tranquil path under the cherry trees, or take a boat to rest your feet and enjoy the marvelous sceneries. If you want to have a panoramic view of the cherry blossoms, just climb up the Luding Hill.
Opening Hours: 8:00 am－5:00 pm
Admission: RMB 105
How to Get to: take sightseeing bus K1 or K87 from Wuxi Train Station
Except those best places to see cherry blossoms in China, you can share with us more good spots to appreciate cherry blossoms. Meanwhile, we’re also available to help you plan a sakura tour to Japan, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Check the following tours from Top China Travel.