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Peonies approach full bloom in Yixian county

Red peonies in full bloom at the foot of Langya Mountain of  Yixian county, Hebei province, on April 20. [Photo/hebei.com.cn]

Peony flowers in Yixian county, Hebei province, are attracting a large number of tourists to visit regional peony gardens.

April is widely considered the best time locally to see the flowers as it falls around a time known as guyu, a Chinese lunar calendar term referring to roughly April 19 to 21.

The area is awash with more than 300,000 peonies spread across a spectrum of 600 species that cover the 500-mu peony garden at the foot of Langya Mountain in Yixian county. With the season set to last around a month, visitors hoping for a sight of some of Hebei’s best peonies should plan in advance.

Pony flowers at the foot of Langya Mountain of Yixian county, Hebei province, on April 20. [Photo/hebei.com.cn]

Yixian county has a long history of cultivating peonies with Luoyang having famously introduced the flower more than 1,400 years ago during the Sui Dynasty (581-618).

The current beautiful iteration is partly the reflection of local government support with Yixian county having opened a garden, the first stage of which was completed in 2012 with a total investment of about 20 million yuan ($2.91 million). In time, the whole garden will occupy an area of over 2,000 mu (133 hectares) and offer visitors a range of activities.

The peony or mudan as it is known in Chinese, is often considered as a royal flower symbolic of riches and honor, thus explaining the strong position it occupies in Chinese art.

Pony flowers at the foot of Langya Mountain of Yixian county, Hebei province, on April 20. [Photo/hebei.com.cn]



  
  

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