Representing purity, uprightness, modest and strong will respectively, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum blossom constitute “four noble plants” in traditional Chinese culture.
The plantation of plum blossom boasts a history of over 2000 years. Chinese are so fascinated by this unyielding and stunning plant that they immortalize their beauty, spirit and charm through poetry, painting and sculptures. One poet named Lin Bu was so obsessed with plum blossoms that he planted several thousands of them in Solitary Hill amid West Lake and treated them like soul mates.
Plum blossoms often deliver five-petal blossoms, which echo five wishes of Chinese: virtues, wealth, health, longevity and prosperity, hence it is revered by everyone.
Nanjing Plum Blossom Hill, Shanghai Dianshan Lake Plum Blossom Garden, Wuxi Plum Garden, Wuhan East Lake Plum Garden, Suzhou Plum Garden and Black Dragon Pool Park are top destinations to enjoy their sparkling blossoms.
Top Four Plum Gardens in China:
Nanjing Plum Blossom Hill
Since over 1500 years ago, Nanjing locals began to beautify their gardens and hills with plum trees. Built in 1929, Nanjing Plum Blossom Hill houses 13,000 plum trees of approximate 400 species. Hence, it is crowned as the king of all the Plum-themed gardens. During the peak time, tens of thousands of travelers, both home and aboard, will throng in to capture the bizarre species’ legendary beauty.
Shanghai Dianshan Lake Plum Blossom Garden
Covering an area of1363428square feet, it is home to over 500 plum trees of 40 species. It is the biggest plum-themed garden in Shanghai. You can see the centry-old plum trees here. From Feb 22 to March 22, 2013, the Dianshan Lake Plum Blossom Festival will also stage various activities.
Wuxi Plum Garden
Perching on the Nanhu Hill, Wuxi Plum Garden faces Taihu Lake. Construction began in 1912. By now, it has expanded to an area of over 1,363,428 square feet. Except for over 2000 bonsai plum trees, over 4000 plum trees also prosper here. Among the 40 species, the most famous ones include Jade Butterfly Plum, Green Bud Plum and Royal Pink Plum. Those potted plum trees with twisted trucks, elegant postures and delicate petals, worthy of appreciation.
Wuhan East Lake Plum Garden
Established in 1956 for academic research, Wuhan East Lake Plum Garden spans an area of over 5,023,158 square feet. 10000 plum trees with 262 species thrive here, the most complete on earth. It also harbors Yizhichun Museum, the only Plum-themed museum in China.
Suzhou Plum Garden (Linwu Plum Garden)
Location: Linwu Hole Scenic Resort, Xishan Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou
Considering history, scale, the number and diversity of plum trees, Suzhou Plum Garden surpasses the rest and is the biggest plum-appreciating center in China. Centered on Linwu Hill, massive clumps of plum forest extend all the way to horizon. Over 30 kinds of rare species thrive here. You can see an uninterrupted plum forest spanning 25, 115 ,790 square feet, which is really impressive. Each year, the plum blossom festival will kick off, which is full of local touch.
Lingfeng Plum Scenic Area, West Lake
In Hangzhou Botanic Garden, north of West Lake, you can see over 5000 plums trees of over 40 species. Occupying an area of 1,722,225 square feet, these plums trees setting against pavilions, corridors and mansions are spectacular. Solitary Hill, the biggest island of West Lake, is an alternative to enjoy the spirit of plum, China’s national flower. One famous poet of Song dynasty named Lin Pu once secluded here, who planted plum trees and kept cranes as companions and remained unmarried lifelong.
Fragrance Hill, Beijing
Black Dragon Pool Park, Kunming, Yunnan
If you are obsessed with flowers like me, Kunming is a place to go. Black Dragon Pool Park boasts 14000 plums tree of over 134 species(including those potted ones). You can see plum of Tang dynasty inside. Due to the warm weather, plum trees come into blossom in January and will last to late February, which is earlier than that of Zhejiang and Jiangsu.