Winter in bloom
In the cold months, two flowers continue to brighten up the bleak landscape, wintersweet blossom and plum blossom. Zhou Wenting reports on these.
Places to enjoy Wintersweets
There are more than 3,000 wintersweet trees of 30 species in the park, covering an area of 50,000 square meters, which is equivalent to the size of seven soccer fields. Many of them are ornamental and are the result of artificial graft. The 38 wintersweet trees transported from Sichuan province, are the stars of the garden this year. They have thick and strong trunks and delicate buds of golden color.
Address: 1001 Jinxiu Road, Pudong New Area
Ticket: 20 yuan ($3.2) per person
The park became the first wintersweet-themed garden in Shanghai last year with more than 1,000 wintersweet trees of 50 species. The number of buds on each of the trees surpasses what we usually see thanks to years of painstaking artificial cultivation. In addition to local species, there are also beautiful exotic trees imported from Southwest Yunnan province as well as neighboring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxi.
Address: 1894 Daduhe Road, Putuo district
Ticket: free of charge
Shanghai Botanical Garden
Wintersweets in the garden, a gathering place of many pretty flowers and rare herbs, are always the first to dominate visitor’s camera lens. There are around 200 wintersweet trees in the garden and they are now in full bloom. The six wintersweet trees with unusual circular petals are also blooming in the orchid greenhouse.
Address: 1111 Longwu Road, Xuhui district
Ticket: 15 yuan per person
Qingqing Travelers’ World
This is the place where visitors can indulge in the largest sea of wintersweets in Shanghai. Most of the species here are natural, with either bright yellow or pink buds.
Address: Huaqiao village,
Dongjing town in Songjiang district
Ticket: 50 yuan per person
Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden
There isn’t a specific area for wintersweets in the vast garden in Songjiang district, but visitors may bump into the flower with quiet scent and little yellow buds anywhere.
Address: 3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang district
Ticket: 60 yuan per person
Waigang Wintersweet Garden
People can enjoy 85 species of wintersweets from all over the country in this large garden. Different species will emit different levels of fragrance, from light to strong. The most famous one among them is an ancient species brought from Zhejiang province that is more than 150 years old.
Address: 2700 North Moyu Road, Jiading district
Ticket: 99 yuan per person
Qingpu Grand View Garden
This famous garden is built according to the elegant and romantic surroundings described in A Dream of Red Mansions, a Chinese classic written by Cao Xueqin more than 200 years ago. The plum blossom garden is to the east of the garden and boasts more than 4,000 plum trees of nearly 50 species that have red, pink and white buds. It’s the biggest garden to enjoy the flower in Shanghai and many of the trees are more than 100 years old.
Address: 701 Jinshang Highway, Qingpu district
Ticket: 60 yuan per person
The park, built in the 1920s, used to be a private garden of a wealthy and influential family in southwest Shanghai. It is famous for its more than 2,000 old plum trees. Nearly 30 of them are over 100 years old.
Address: 421 Xinbang Road, Minhang district 莘浜路421号
There is a display hall of plum trees in the garden, with a history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). More than 10 rare species of the trees are on display.
Address: 218 Huyi Highway, Nanxiang town, Jiading district
Ticket: 12 yuan per person
Nearly 300 wild plum trees on remote mountains in Anhui province have been transplanted to the 600-meter-long pedestrian street. They are expected to bloom in early spring.
Address: Meichuan Road, Putuo district