Beijing Botanical Garden 北京植物园
The Beijing Botanical Garden is well known for its peach trees that blossom when it gets warm. The Beijing Botanical Garden is the largest peach blossom garden in northern China. You can see thousands of different kinds of peach trees. There are about 70 variety of peach trees living there including ornamental peach trees, big peach trees, peach trees that bear big peaches, and chrysanthemum peach trees. Peach trees bloom during the period of the early days of April until early May. During this time, the Beijing Peach Blossom Festival is held in the garden. The garden is perfumed with romantic blooms and intoxicating fragrances, and it is very colorful. The state garden area measures about 56 hectares or 139 acres and is in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing, and the natural scenery is beautiful as well.
Ticket price: 10 RMB or about 1.40 USD per person.
Bus routes: 904, 318 and 714.
Pinggu’s Peach Groves
Another place near Beijing where you can go to see and smell peach flowers and eat peaches is Pinggu in Liujiadian County. In this area about 70 kilometers or 40 miles northeast of Beijing, preach trees stretch as far as the eye can see. There are about 6,000 hectares or almost 15,000 acres of peach groves, and it is said to be the largest peach grove area in the world. 200 varieties of peaches are grown, and there are very big peach varieties that are not grown in other countries. About 270 million kilograms or 300,000 tons of peaches are harvested each year. The groves are famous among peach growers.
Some of the groves are hundreds of years old and have been cultivated for generations. The Pinggu peahes are known for their various distinctive colors and flavors and for their high sugar content. It is said that the soil is sandy and there is plenty of water, and there is a big diurnal difference of temperature that is ideal for growing big sweet peaches. So if you love peaches and peach products like jams and peach juice, at Pinggu you can pick your own peaches and buy whatever you want. Try the peach-honey jams.
Travel routes: take public Bus No. 918 at Dongzhimen 东直门 in Beijing and get off at Guanzhuang Lu Kou Station (官庄路口站), and then change to Bus No. 6 and get off at Xiaoyuzi Peach Blossom Sea Station (小峪子桃花海站).
Xiangshui Lake 响水湖
The pearl trees in Xiangshui Lake begin to bloom at the beginning of April. In addition, there are peach blossoms, apricot blossoms and azaleas for you to enjoy.
Ticket price: 15 RMB or about 2.50 USD per person.
Travel route: there is a train from Xizhimen Railway Station (西直门火车站) to the lake.
Period: The month of April.
Jingshan Park is famous for peonies. There is a peony display each year in the park. Many varieties of peonies are displayed. Peonies have been displayed in Jingshan Park since the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). The park has a display collection of more than 1,000 peonies of some 100 varieties.
Ticket price: 5 RMB or about 86 cents USD per person.
Bus routes: 5, 111 and 819.
Time: the middle of April to the middle of May.
Time: March 30 - April 15.
Dajue Temple is located at the southern foot of Yangtaishan Mountain in the western suburbs of Beijing. The temple was built in 1068.
The magnolia tree at the temple is said to be 300 years old. It was planted by a Buddhist monk named Jialing who lived in the Qing Dynasty (1644–-1911). It blossoms each year around early April. The magnolia flowers in Dajue Temple are exceptionally large, bright, elegant and fragrant. These eye-catching flowers surpass other magnolias in Beijing and draw crowds of tourists each spring. There is a tea house on the temple grounds where visitors can sip tea while appreciating the flowers.
Travel route: You can take Bus No. 903 that departs every half hour from the Forbidden City to Dajue Temple. There are also trains from Beijing South Train Station to Dajue Temple. ChinaTrainSearch.
Tanzhe Temple has long been famous for its purple magnolias. Two magnolia trees on the temple ground are over 200 years old. What makes them more special is that they bear both white and purple magnolias. Most magnolia trees only bear white magnolias. The magnolias blossom between early April and the middle of April. The blooms last for only 10 days.
Time: from the beginning of April until the middle of April in most places..