THE mercury has dropped sharply but at least we have a clear weekend. If outing is still on your agenda, this is the place to go. The annual plum blossom festival is now being held at the Haiwan National Forest Park in Fengxian District. It may involve a bit of travel from the city center but more than 30 percent of the plum trees in blossom will make the trip worthwhile.
Plum King and Queen
Dubbed the King and Queen of Plum, two 150-year-old plum trees are a must see if you visit the park. Located on either side of a pavilion is the Plum Garden. The King blossoms a little late but the Queen is just the opposite. The Queen is a wild variety found in Anhui Province in east China, and has white flowers.
Date: Through March 26, 8:30am-4:30pm
Venue: Haiwan National Forest Park, 1677 Suitanghe Rd
Tickets: 50 yuan (25 yuan for seniors and children under 1.3 meters)
Transport tip: There is a free shuttle bus for visitors at Exit 2 of the Shendu Rd Station of Metro Line 8 during the festival.