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Flower Trips Around Hunan

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After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived in Hunan. This welcome change in the weather also brings a vast array of different types of flowers which can be seen right across the province. In recent years, visitors to the region have been pleasantly surprised by their “distinct fragrance and charm”. If you would like to experience this for yourself, visit Hunan and witness a masterpiece that I guarantee you will never forget.




Yuelu Mountain
Flower Varieties: sakura, camellia, azalea, winter jasmine, crape myrtle flower
Bloom season: March, April
How to Get There: Take No.1 Lvyou Bus, or No.132, No.202, No.5 Bus, or Lishan Bus to Yuelushannan stop (岳麓山南) at the southern entrance and from there you can climb the mountain.



Changsha Landscape and Ecology Garden
Flower Varieties: Armeniaca mume, camellia sasanqua, camellia, peach blossom, Prunus Cerasifera, Chinese flowering crabapple, winter jasmine, purple and white magnolia
Bloom season: March, April
How to Get There: Take Bus No. 149 to Pengjiaxiang (彭家巷), from there you can take a motorcycle which takes no more than 10 minutes.


Orange Isle
Flower Varieties: plum blossom, peach blossom
Bloom season: March, April

How to Get There: Take No.2 or No.3 Lvyou Bus, or Bus No.1, No.11, No.123, No.142, No.143, No.145, No.301, No. 317, No.325, No.368, No.406, No.803, No.804, No.901, No.908 to the east of Juzizhou Bridge, and then walk to the isle. You can also take subway (line 2) to the isle directly, which is the quickest way to get there.

Tips: From north to south, the island has five distinctive arboreal areas. These include; sweet olive, peach blossom, plum blossom, bamboo, and orange trees. Now, there are now over 20 plum trees and 400 peach trees near the western road and the Duxue Building is also decorated with an abundance of different types of flowers. The flourishing season is expected to start at the end of March. A 60,000 square-meter plum and peach blossom area provides a magnificent view for visitors.



Hunan Forest Botanical Garden
Flower Varieties: Sakura, tulip
Bloom season: Mid March to end of April
How to Get There: Take buses No. 7, 16, 17, 102, 103, 107, 120, 123, 140, 147,152, 502, 702, 703, 801, 802, or 806 to reach the northern section of Hunan Forest Botanical Garden (省植物园北).

Admission Fee:
Monday to Friday:
For adult individuals: 35 yuan per adult; for groups of ten, the tenth member enjoys free of charge; for students: 20 yuan per student
Saturday & Sunday: 35 yuan per person
Seniors Citizens, the disabled and soldiers with authorized certificates as well as children not taller than 1.2 meter can enter for free.
Certified tour guides may gain free access whilst working; children taller than 1.2 meters are charged 20 yuan per person for admittance.




Shifeng Park
Flower Variety: Sakura
Bloom season: Mid March
Address: Jianshe Road (N), Shifeng District, Zhuzhou
How to Get There: Take buses T1, T5, T9, T20, T55 or T34
Tips: Shifeng Mountain is densely covered by more than 400 varieties of flora including camphor trees, black pines and bamboos. In addition, there are also large ornamental gardens featuring sakura, cedrus, magnolias, and azaleas.


Yanling Shennong Valley Park
Flower Variety: Azelea
Bloom season: Mid April
Address: Yanling County, Zhuzhou
Transportation: Travel from Liling City, Youxian County, Chaling County to Yanling County. Then take bus s321 to Miandu Town, get to Shidu Town by taking the roads of county and townships and finally arrive at the Shennong Valley Park.
Tips: Yanling County is famous as the homeland of azalea. The bloom season for azalea is mid April, among which Rhododendron fortunei Lindl overwhelms with the unique characteristics.


Wulidun Township
Flower variety: canola flower
Bloom season: March, April
Transportation: Take the bus T30, T28, T4
Tips: Located in a narrow area between Fenghuang Mountain and Fengxi River, Wulidun Township is hailed as “Backyard Garden of Zhuzhou City” with several tourist attractions such as Guanyin Temple, Dragon Pagoda, Nantang Reservoir and Green Youth Camp. In the bloom season, travelers from far and near come to enjoy the annual Canola Flower Festival.






Taohuayuan Scenic Area 
Flower Variety: Peach Blossom
Bloom season: March
Address: Taoyuan County, Changde
How to Get There: Drive from Changsha through the Changsha-Zhangjiajie Expressway, Hangzhou-Ruili Expressway and G319 to Taohuayuan Scenic Area.
Tips: When the peach blossoms are in prime, you can enjoy a good and intoxicating view near the Shuixi Village, 15kms away from the south-western Taoyuan County, Changde.





Hunan University of Science and Technology
Flower Varieties: Sakura and Plum blossoms
Bloom season: Plum Blossoms for now and Sakura for April
How to Get There: Drive along Changsha-Xiangtan West Highway to Xiangtan, and then reach the university via the second ring of Xiangtan within a 10-minute drive.
Tips: There are nearly 6,600 sqm of plum trees of different varieties inside the university. Most plum flowers are blooming at the end of February and early March, while wintersweet flower during December and January. Every year about 800 cheery blossom trees are in full bloom in early April.




Anren County
Flower Variety: canola flower
Bloom season: mid-to-end of February – early April
Address: located in southeast of Hunan and north of Chenzhou
Tips: Anren County is a canola production base in Hunan. There is a large canola field in the “Paddy Park” of Anren County.


Wangxianling Scenic Area, Suxian District
Flower Variety: sakura
Bloom season: mid-to-end of February – at the end of March
Address: located in east of Chenzhou
Tips: There are more than 3,000 sakura trees in Wangxianling Scenic Area. The area has six varieties of sakura trees introduced from Taiwan and Japan.


Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture



Fenghuang Ancient Town
Flower Varieties: Peach Blossom
Bloom season: March
Address: Fenghuang Ancient Town, Xiangxi
How to Get There: Drive from Changsha through the Changsha-Zhangjiajie Expressway and Changsha-Jishou Expressway to Jishou City, and then to Fenghuang.
Tips: When spring arrives, you can witness beautiful peach blossoms like rosy clouds, 2km down the lower reaches of Tuojiang River.


If you have eyes only for some certain variety, try to find its most flourishing area and immerse yourself in the flowery sea.


1. Peach Blossom (bloom season: mid March-end of April)

Fanyin Valley Address: Mount Hengshan Scenic Area, Nanyue District, Hengyang, Hunan

Zixing, Chenzhou Address: Peach Blossom Island in Dongjiang Lake (by ferry from Bailangxiang Quay)

Shaoyang Address: Jiulongqiao Forest Park in Shaoyang County; Mount Beishan in Longhui County
Xintian County, Yongzhou Address: Wuxia Village, Jicun, four km to the north of Xintian Town

Huitang, Ningxiang: Peach Blossom Valley has been known as the largest and the best place to appreciate the beauty of peach blossom in Hunan, where there are over 10,000 rare peach trees.

Mount Dawei, Liuyang Address: near Dongmen (East Gate) Market Town in Dawei Mountain. Chudong Peach Garden is the largest base of peach blossom with the longest bloom period in Changsha.

Linxiang, Yueyang Address: Peach Blossom Stream in Maipoling in Mount Wujianshan National Forest Park, where a three-kilometer path covered path will take your breath away.



2. Cheery Blossom (bloom season: March-April)

Wangling Park, Changsha: There are five bus stops near the park, including Wangyuehu Community (471m), Sishuichang (the fourth water plant 565m), Wangyuehu (610m), and Yingcaiyuan (774m).

Taifu Mountain Forest Park, Linli: The park is 12 km away from the southwest of Linli County and about 40 km away from the southeast of Shimen County.

Songyun Mountain National Forest Park, Hongjiang Ancient Commercial Town: It is located at the west of Hongjiang City. Drive from Changsha through Shanghai-Ruili Expressway to Anjiang of Hongjiang City, then turn right and drive about 25 km to Hongjiang Ancient Commercial Town.

Dawei Mountain, Liuyang: A cherry blossom planting base is located on Mount Dawei at the altitude of 1100-1300m.



3. Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) (bloom season: April-May)

Zhangjiajie: Contains ancient specimens of Davidia involucrata which can be considered living fossils.


Yueyang Address: Mount Wujianshan, Chennan Town, Linxiang



4. Azalea (bloom season: mid April-early May)

Shaoshan: Abounds with red azalea.

Mount Mangshan, Chenzhou: There are 43 species of azalea in the forest district of Mount Mangshan.

Nanshan Mountain, Shaoyang: Over 10,000 mu (a mu=0.0667 hectare) of azalea plants in Chengbu Nanshan Ranch.

Mount Dawei, Liuyang: Numerous azaleas bloom on Mount Dawei at the altitude of 1600 m.

Yanlingshennong Valley, Zhuzhou: There are over 10,000 mu of wild Rhododendron fortunei and about 30,000 mu of wild azalea spreading over the nearby hills.


5. Pear Blossom (bloom season: mid March-end of April)

Lanshan Mountain, Yongzhou: 10,000 mu of pear blossom in Dadong Village, Dadong Town.

Shaoyang: Pear blossoms cover over 100 mu in Longtou Village, Banqiao Town, Dayang District. Huangcaoping, about 40 km away from the downtown, also abounds with pear blossom.


6. Chinese Milk Vetch (bloom season: February-June)
Dongting Lake, Yueyang: Among the reeds between Junshan and Dongting Lake Bridge, there is a field full of blooming Chinese milk vetch.


7. Canola Flower (bloom season: early March-mid April)

Xupu, Huaihua: Simeng Scenic Area, Xupu.

Liuyang: 10,000 mu of canola flower in Gaoping Town.

Ningxiang: 10,000 mu of canola flower in Shatian; 10-li (5000 m) Jinhua Corridor is considered to be the best place where you can enjoy the beauty of canola flower.

Dongting Lake Area: Numerous canola flower are seen in Yueyang’s Junshan and Huarong, Changde’s Linli and rural areas of Lixian County


8. Chinese Redbud (bloom season: mid March-early April)

Jiangyong, Yongzhou: Wild Chinese redbuds cover about 2,000 mu along the gentle slope near Hualou Reservoir, 3 km away from Yao Township Government in Songbai.