Roadmap for admiring flowers in Guangzhou in December

BY :Dong Han SilkRoadPost

UPDATED :December 10, 2018


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Believe it or not! While I am admiring various fragrant blossoms with sunshine and fresh air, the people in North China are closing their windows and wearing gauze masks to avoid inhaling harmful fog and haze. While I am wandering in Huacheng Square with comfortable T-shirt and shorts, the people in Northeast China are throwing boiling water into the air and taking photos when the water turns immediately into ice.

Though in December, Guangzhou still has an abundance of flowers and green trees. You may not know the best places to find and admire them. So we offer below a roadmap to help you stroll amid flowers.

South China Normal University (SCNU)

The silk floss tree is a species that grows fast in spurts when water is abundant. It sometimes reaches more than 25 meters in height. Even if there is only one tree, when you look up from under the tree, you can see rosy clouds in a blue sky. Silk floss trees are planted on the campus of South China Normal University and create a fantasy path for students and visitors.

Transport: Metro line 3—South China Normal University Station

Tram Haizhu 1 (THZ1)

The route of THZ1 is called by some the most beautiful 7.7 kilometers in the city. Sitting on the tram and looking out of the window, you can appreciate various flowers along the way. Just remember to put down your mobile phone and enjoy the views.

Transport: Metro line 3—Canton Tower Station

Haixinsha Island

Haixinsha Island has a large Galsang flower parterre—an array of flower beds—beside its wharf. People can admire the beautiful Galsang flowers waving in a pleasurable breeze.

Transport: APM—Haixinsha Station

South China Botanical Garden

As the largest botanical garden in China, South China Botanical Garden has more than 14,500 plant taxa growing in 38 special living collections, including bamboos, palms, orchids, and medicinal plants. Every season, visitors can admire fresh flowers in the garden.

The hibiscus, also called "caprice fairy" in China, has three colors a day. The petals turn white in the early morning, pink in the afternoon, and dark red in the evening.

Transport: Metro line 6—Botanical Garden Station

Liuhuahu Park

Rose is the most beautiful bloom now visible in Liuhuahu Park, although there also are lovely hibiscus and silk floss flowers. The rose is the symbol of love. So why not go to Liuhuahu Park to take a walk with loved ones, hand in hand, asking each other, "Why are the flowers so red, why are they so fresh?"

Transport: Metro line 2—Yuexiu Park Station / Bus—2, 5, 12, 15, 31, 38, 42, 62, 105, 133, 181, 202, 215, 239, 251, 288, 289, 518