Bloom Calendar

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Apricot blossoms

Peak time of blooming: late March to mid April
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Beijing Fenghuangling Nature Park

Cherry blossoms

Peak time of blooming: late March to mid April
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Yuyuantan Park

Begonias

Peak time of blooming: mid April to late April
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Beihai Park, Yuan Dynasty Relics Park

Begonias (fully blooming from mid April to late April) are natural and unrestrained and bloom brilliantly. They have been famous flowers suiting both refined and popular tastes since the ancient times and are called flower fairies and imperial flowers. Twenty-five plants of begonias will bloom in April on the west bank of Beihai Lake and there are willows on the other side of the bank over the blue water, making the park a good place for enjoying Begonias.

How to arrive there:
To the South gate: take Bus 101, 103, 109, 124, 812, 814 or 846 to the South Gate of Beihai Park
To the North gate: take Bus 13, 107, 111, 118, 701, 810, 823 or 814 to the North Gate of Beihai Park
To the East gate: take Bus 810 or 5 to the East Gate of Beihai Park

Pear blossoms

Peak time of blooming: mid April
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: the 30,000-mu pear orchard in Panggezhuang Township, Daxing District

The 30,000-mu pear tree preserve area in Panggezhuang Township is located in the southwest of Daxing. Now the 30,000-mu pear tree area is the largest pear tree forest of the ancient ecology in Beijing, with the oldest trees, most varieties and earliest flowers. Whenever pear blossoms bloom, they look like snowflakes fallen on the trees and are exceptionally dazzling under the blue sky to make the pear township extremely beautiful and cover the ancient pear orchard with a charming veil.

How to arrive there: The 30,000-mu pear tree preserve area in Panggezhuang Township is 23 km away from the urban area and on the west side of the Lihua Bridge along Beijing-Kaifeng Expressway. Citizens can get there by driving 20 min from Yuquanying; or take Bus 937 Branch 2 at Lishilu to Daxing and then transfer to Bus 11 or 12 to reach the ancient pear tree scenic spot.

Peonies

Peak time of blooming: late April to early May
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Jingshan Park

Peach blossoms

Peak time of blooming: mid April to early May
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Pinggu Peach Sea and Beijing Botanic  Garden

See the flowers horizontally and look down for the sea --- in mid April, you can see peach blossoms after walking for five steps and enter the flowery sea after ten steps in the mountainous area in the north of Pinggu. You can appreciate peach forests of different sizes from different angles and see delicate details of the flower beauties in a short distance or watch their profiles from afar for different charms.

How to arrive there: It's suggested to go there by private car as the 70-km road starting from downtown is always in good condition for driving along. To be specific: drive along Airport Expressway, past the airport Terminal 1 and then drive along Shunyi-Pinggu Expressway, which will lead you right there. If you choose to go there by bus, you can go to Dongzhimen to take Bus 918 to Pinggu and return on the same day in the same way.

Magnolias

Peak time of blooming: early April to mid April
Best place for enjoying the beauty of the flowers: Tanzhe Temple and Temple of Enlightenment

There are two large purple magnolia trees to the east of Bilu Pavilion in Tanzhe Temple. Their old trunks have a diameter of more than a third of a meter, and they are as high as 10-13.3 meters. Their full blooming period is around April 10 every year and their flowers bloom like brilliant clouds, which can be called a grand view. These trees are already 200 years old and their flowers are in nine petals, arranged in three layers. The petals are as long as six inches. Purple magnolias are a popular name, and their grace, nobility and unique and beautiful shape are unparalleled in Beijing, making them one of the best flowers under the heaven.

How to arrive there:
Take Subway Line 1 to the Pingguoyuan Station and then take Bus 931 on the west side after getting out of the subway station to the terminal station. (Recommended)
On Saturdays and Sundays in tourism peak seasons, there are shuttle buses of Beijing Tourist Distribution Center going from the west of Tiananmen directly to Tanzhe Temple.

It's the best choice to go to the thousand-year-old temple to enjoy magnolias in the warm spring. The magnolia festival has been held for many years in Temple of Enlightenment and many people come here every year not only to admire the beauty of the flowers but also to drink tea. According to legend, the magnolia tree in Siyitang Courtyard in the temple was planted by the Buddhist monk Jia Ling in Qing Dynasty, 300 years from now. The “Magnolia and Tea Festival” is held every year when the old magnolias bloom. While listening to the music played with zither and pipa near the tree and drinking fresh tea made with clear spring water, tourists can also watch stir-frying of spring tea and performance of various tea shows.

How to arrive there:
1. By bus: take Bus 903 at the Summer Palace, which runs at an interval of half an hour, or take Bus 346 or 933 and transfer to Bus 903 at Zhoujiaxiang.
2. By train: get on the train in Beijing South Railway Station or Fengtai Railway Station and get off at the Temple of Enlightenment.
3. Driving: drive from the Summer Palace, turn left and go along the old road after arriving at the Taidan Dock. There will be a road sign past the Hot Spring.