With Spring Festival fast approaching and spring not far behind it, the West Lake Spring Flower Exhibition has already begun to bloom and in doing so has added more color to an already glowing season.
On February 1 the Temple to King Qians (near Orioles Singing in the Willows) welcomed in the annual West Lake Spring Flower Exhibition. As 2016 is the Chinese year of monkey this year’s exhibition is themed on ‘Golden Monkey Celebrating the Arrival of Spring’ and will be on display until February 21.
The flower exhibition showcases a number of indoor and outdoor floral pieces, some of which express auspicious meanings such as the ‘Concert for the Year of Monkey’ and ‘Monkeys to Welcome in the New Year’. The flowers in these displays include winter genies – bulb flowers (lily, crocus and daffodil), traditional winter flowers (plum blossom, Chinese flowering apple and camellia) and festive ornamental fruits (kumquat and orange).
Enter inside the temple and you will come face to face with a world of flowers whose renowned species include the smallest orchid in the world – the mini orchid and the elegant denphale whose fame has risen since the television series ‘Go Princess Go’ went viral on the internet.
Also included in the exhibition, which some may say are this year’s highlight, are a wide variety of fat plants which include rare species from South Africa and Mexico and the monkey tail plant, viewed as this year’s mascot for its resemblance to a monkey’s tail.
If interested, you can also purchase a plant which will be auctioned for charity during the flower exhibition. Where to go: Temple to King Qians Time: From Feb. 1 to Feb. 21 Hours: From 08:30 to 16:30 Ticket: RMB 15 per person and park card* is accepted
* Park card is a kind of card available in Hangzhou which entitles the card holder the free admission to the parks in Hangzhou and these parks include Yue Fei Mausoleum, Pagoda of Six Harmonies, Lingyin Scenic Area (Lingyin Temple is not included), Hupao, Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Hangzhou Zoo, Temple to King Qians, Jade Emperor Mountain, Sweet Osmanthus Rain in Manjuelong Village, Wansong Academy, Guo’s Villa, Mu Lan Shan Tea Garden, the park of Bamboo-lined Path along Yunqi etc.
Please aware that if exhibitions are held in these parks, additional fee may be needed. In addition to that, places like Yellow Dragon Cave, Town God Pavilion, and Residence of Hu Xueyan etc. requires an additional fee as well.
Park card can be purchased in Park Card Center (No. 61, Nanshan Road) at a price of 50 RMB per year per card for the first year and renewed at a price of 40 RMB per year per card. Half a year card is also available from July 1, 2016 which costs 30 RMB for first half a year and can be renewed at a price of 20 RMB per half a year.
Park Card Center Time: till 2016, Oct. 31 Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Source: Hangzhou Tourism Commission