Celebrate spring in Heze with peonies

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2024-04-02

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The 33rd Heze International Peony Culture Tourism Festival will take place on April 8 in Heze, Shandong province. Renowned as the "hometown of peonies," Heze boasts the largest peony cultivation and research center in the world. In 2023, the city was home to a staggering 1,308 peony varieties.

The peony, known for its grace and elegance, is the city's most dazzling calling card, and this year's festival boasts stunning displays of peonies in full bloom. Visitors can marvel at the myriad colors and shapes of these magnificent flowers and experience their true beauty.


Red and white peonies are in full bloom in Heze, Shandong. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]

In addition to peonies, Heze also boasts a beautiful natural environment. Visitors can enjoy the city's parks, gardens, and lakes and appreciate the fresh air and stunning scenery.


The Songjin River in Yucheng county, Heze, Shandong. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]


A vast lotus pond, located at the ancient riverbed of the Yellow River in Heze's Caoxian county, has more than 666.67 hectares of lotus flowers. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]

Heze is also a foodie's paradise. The city's signature dishes include lamb soup, soup dumplings, and Shaobing (a type of crispy bread). Visitors can sample these and other local delicacies at the many restaurants and food stalls throughout the city.