Spring in China: Top 10 Flowers in Anhui Bozhou (Photo Essay)



Spring in China: Top 10 Flowers in Anhui Bozhou (Photo Essay)

Spring is certainly my favorite time in China. The winter here in Bozhou is long, cold, and hits hard. There is no heating and temperature inside and outside are the same. So by the time March rolls around and you can make an attempt at imagining putting your heavy winter coat away, you feel like you’ve survived a winter apocalypse.

By the end of March, you can find little green buds on the ends of the trees and flowers starting to force their way into view all around the city. Then, April hits and all of a sudden, it’s spring! Every flower seems to bloom at once and varieties I can’t begin to name explode with pink, red and white blooms.

This spring I took photos of Bozhou’s most common flowers all around the city. Enjoy.

1. Pear Blossom 梨花

2. Peach Blossom 桃花

3. Cherry Blossom 樱花

4. Apricot Blossom 杏花

5. Plum Blossom 梅花

6. Peony 芍花

7. Azalea 杜鹃花

8. Chinese Parasol Tree or Phoenix Tree 梧桐树

9. Winter Sweet 腊梅

10. Common Field Speedwell 波斯婆婆纳

Addition: Oilseed rape 油菜花. There are rape fields all around the countryside, which bloom in a beautiful yellow, but this year I haven’t had the chance to take pictures. Maybe next year.

A few of my photos have also been featured in Bozhou’s newspaper 亳州晚报.

What flowers are common in your city? Do you enjoy spring time as much as I do?

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

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