By Yuzhou Hu
It's that time of year again. Spring is just weeks away and so is cherry blossom season. There is no better place to appreciate the beautiful blooms than Gucun Park, which will host its annual Cherry Blossom Festival on March 15, reports Shine.
This will be the ninth Cherry Blossom Festival held at Gucun Park. Occupying an area of 4.3 million square meters, Gucun Park has always been the most popular place in Shanghai for residents and tourists to enjoy the 'sakura' flower and, of course, take stunning pictures of the blooms.
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Because of the abundant rainfall we've experienced lately, the first cherry blossoms graced the city very early this year, leaving many wondering whether or not the colorful flowers would be affected. "The blooming date is predicted to move up by about a week," explains Zhang Zhong, president of Gucun Park. "The full bloom period will fall in late March and early April."
To ensure visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms for as long as possible, the park has introduced an assortment of late cherry blossom breeds to extend the season. With over 12,000 blossoms and 90 species planted, the park now has the most blossoms in Shanghai, as well as the most varieties of trees.
The five sections allotted across the park will grant sightseers gorgeous views of cherry forests. No matter which gate you enter, you will be welcomed with picturesque scenery bursting with pink and white blooms.
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Suffice to say, the park will be a magnet for locals and tourists alike. Thankfully, there are approximately 5,800 parking spaces to handle the predictable spike in visitor flow.
Gucun Park has planned several cultural events as well to enrich visitors' experience, including a photography contest, fashion shows and tea ceremony performances.
The Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival at Gucun Park will run from March 15 until April 15. If you are planning a spring outing with your family or friends, a visit to Gucun Park is a must.
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