A peony extravaganza in Heze

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2024-04-09

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Renowned as the "hometown of peonies," Shandong's Heze boasts the largest peony cultivation and research center in the world.

The city is home to 10 peony gardens, including the Caozhou Peony Garden – the largest and most diverse peony garden in the world. This year, the Caozhou Peony Garden has undergone comprehensive renovations. It has established a peony boutique park and a 60-meter wooden cultural corridor that displays the history, culture, and varieties of Heze peonies. In addition, the garden's recreational and cultural experience facilities have been further improved.


Colors emerge as peonies burst into bloom at the Caozhou Peony Garden in Heze, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]

Another must-visit garden is the Baihua Garden, which is home to over 800 peonies that are over 100 years old. It also features a captivating blend of old and new peony varieties. Over 300 different types of peonies can be found here, including classic domestic cultivars and rare Japanese varieties, offering a truly mesmerizing visual experience.


Peonies bloom at the Baihua Garden in Heze, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]

For those seeking a larger garden experience, the Chinese Peony Garden, covering an area of 1,200 mu (80 hectares), is a perfect choice. As a national 3A-level tourist attraction, the garden boasts over 900 varieties and 800,000 peony plants, alongside other seasonal flowers such as tulips, lavender, chrysanthemums, and wintersweet, ensuring a delightful floral display throughout the year.

Heze's peony gardens not only serve as a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage but also provide a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and fragrance of these magnificent flowers.


Pink peonies are bathed in sunlight, exuding an extraordinary beauty and mystery. [Photo/WeChat account: hezewhly]