Renowned as one of Shanghai’s most popular local festivals the Nanhui Peach Blossom Festival is an annual celebration of a natural phenomenon like no other in the Chinese Republic. First organized as far back as 1991 in the breathtaking environs of Nanhui the yearly festival has grown in scale and popularity over the years with visitors from home and abroad flocking to the purple flower filled quarter of Shanghai to witness the natural miracle. In fact a whopping 600,000 visitors from around the city and the Yangtze River Delta region alone attended the festival in 2010 when the event celebrated its 19th anniversary. The host district of Nanhui is the deemed the perfect locale to witness the flowering of peach trees in the season of spring as the venue is the largest peach grower in eastern China. With well over 6,667 hectares of its landscapes covered in peach groves it is difficult to conceive of a better venue to host a festival celebrating the coming of spring and its ever attractive attributes. Often compared to the globally renowned cherry blossom festival in Japan Shanghai’s Nanhui Peach Blossom Festival is a highlight event that is not just reserved for nature lovers.
The peach blossom also holds special significance in Chinese culture which deems the pink and purple hued flower as a symbol of prosperity and development. A highly auspicious and sacred plant the flower is also believed to safeguard citizens from evil or negative spirits. Immortalized in Chinese literature as the ultimate symbol of romance the flower is often associated with romantic bliss and good fortune in matters of the heart.
The best spots in Nanhui to view the mesmerizing blossoms are concentrated around the hamlets of Huinan, Xinchang, Datuan and Laogang which are the region’s premier peach villages. Tourists can also enjoy folk culture showcases such as lion dances and stilt walkers during the event which is also held in conjunction with the Shanghai Flowers Port’s tulip extravaganza. As another flower centric event the largest green house in China displays millions of tulips during the event.
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