If you haven’t noticed it already roses are seemingly everywhere in Beijing right now. It is definitely the season for roses. With this in mind it seems fitting that Beijing’s newest museum, the Chinese Rose Museum, celebrated its grand opening Monday. The opening of the rose-themed museum coincided with the 2016 World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) Regional Convention.
Thousands of roses, both physical and virtual, will be in full bloom from May 23 to June 18. Along with the actual museum there are four outdoor Chinese rose-themed parks. The museum boasts some impressive technology, creating a variety of virtual roses for visitors to appreciate. It also features rose paintings, rose-themed decorations and rose-shaped art installments.
All together over 2,300 species of roses from countries around the world are on display. In an effort control crowds only 200 people are allowed in the museum each day.
The Chinese rose, a crossbred rose species, is actually the city flower of Beijing. Daxing district, where the museum is based, is famous for growing these Chinese roses. According to China Daily, the planting area in the district measures nearly 400 hectares and has more than 1,000 varieties.
May 23-June 18, 9am-6pm. Ticket cost RMB100.