With spring having arrived, it’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy a variety of flower festivals around Shanghai. The magnificent pink cherry trees usually start blossoming in the middle of March. People have taken advantage of the opportunity to share heaps of photos on social media. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place at eight parks, including Gucun Park and Century Park, until April 15. Most of these parks were crowded with tens of thousands of visitors last weekend. iDEALShanghai lists cherry tree viewing places in town, including eight that don’t get as much attention as the others. The best time to enjoy the flowers is late March until mid April.
Tips to enjoy an outing:
Tips to enjoy an outing:
• Visit lesser-known places
The large crowds may turn some people off so visiting the “hidden gems” can make for a more pleasant day. There are several great spots for cherry blossoms in Shanghai that iDEALShanghai has already picked out for you.
• Avoid the crowds during cherry blossom season
Most cherry blossom festivals in Shanghai are heavily attended annual events. Visiting popular places such as Gucun Park early in the morning or on weekdays will help you avoid the largest crowds. Swarms of people usually go on weekends and holidays. Plan ahead and make reservations or buy admission tickets in advance.
• Take public transportation
During the cherry blossom season, event organizers usually arrange shuttle buses from the nearest Metro stations. The parks have limited parking spaces.
• Be caution about pollen allergies
If you are allergic to pollen, it’s best to take some medicine before going to avoid sneezing and sniffling.
Jiao Tong University
There is a pretty big cherry tree garden near the campus’ Jingjing Theater and Guangming Stadium. The southern entrance and Hanze Lake are also good vantage points to see the blossoms.
Address: 800 Dongchuan Rd
Gaoqiao Sakura Garden
There are up to 2,500 cherry blossom trees in Gaoqiao Sakura Garden. Most of them will blossom in mid April.
Address: 300 Guangyao Rd
Gaohua Gas Station of Sinopec
This gas station probably is likely the most attractive one in the Pudong New Area during cherry blossom season. With cherry trees on either side of the station, cars owners can enjoy the natural scenery while filling up their gasoline tank.
Address: 3140 Pudong Rd N.
The park now occupies about 180hectares in Gucun Town of Baoshan District although eventually it will cover 400 hectares. Its biggest claim to fame is its blossoms. Cherry blossoms draw big crowds in spring, lotus flowers rule in the summer, osmanthus blooms take over in autumn and plum florets add color to the area in winter.
Address: 4788 Hutai Rd
Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park
Address: 2000 Jungong Rd
Address: 369 Shuangyang Rd
Address: 2288 Sichuan Rd
Daning Lingshi Park
Address: 288 Guangzhong Rd W.
Cherry trees have been growing inZhongshan Park for nearly a century.
Address: 780 Changning Rd
Address: 1001 Jinxiu Rd
Shanghai Botanical Garden
The country’s biggest botanicalgarden has the highest concentration of cherry trees in Shanghai.
Address: 1111 Longwu Rd
Address: 285 Huaxia Rd E.
Address: 118 Xiuwen Rd
Minhang Sports Park
Address: 456 Xinzhen Rd
Chenshan Botanical Garden
Covering more than 33,000 squaremeters, it features cherry tree species from all over the world.
Address: 3888 Chenghua Rd
Shanghai Oriental Land
This place has 2,000 cherry blossomtrees from Japan that were a gift to China.