Best Place to See Lotus Flowers in Beijing: The Old Summer Palace2016-07-28 10:29:40Share:
With the heritage of traditional Chinese horticultural practices stretching back more than three thousand years, the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan Park) in Haidian District is home to dignified and luxurious palace buildings, plus graceful and elegant gardens like regions south of the Yangtze River. At the same time, it blends different styles of landscaping such as European landscaping which makes perfectly harmonious in its integrated layout.
The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan Park) is an excellent place for appreciating lotus flowers in Beijing as well as being the park that preserving the greatest number of varieties in northern China. In the park, you can appreciate more than 400 species of lotus here. Every summer, June and July especially, thousands of tourists and photographers come to the Old Summer Palace and admire the beauty of varies kind of lotus blooms. You will feel refreshed and comfortable with the faint fragrant scent from lotus flowers in the inviting breezes while you stroll along the lake. Sit in a rowing boat you can weave through the lotuses, enjoying the cool and refreshing swaying of the ripples of the lake.
At this very moment, the lotus flowers at Yuanmingyuan are in full bloom. The green lotus leaves stretch toward the horizon and the pink blossoms magnetize visitors with their delicate beauty. Even on early Monday mornings, the lotus festival still attracted a large number of local residents and tourists.
However, the Yuanmingyuan Lotus Festival offers far more than flowers. The festival features a variety of activities, such as a lotus-themed photo competition, an exhibition about lotus culture, as well as an imitation performance showing how Qing Dynasty emperors took part in ritualistic boat rides to appreciate the lotuses.
Admission: 10 Yuan
Address: Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park, Haidian District
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 320, 331, 432, 438, 498, 580, 664, 690, 696, 697 to get there
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