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The 8th Bei­jing Tulip Cul­tural Festival is be­ing held at the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Flower Port, invit­ing vis­i­tors to in­dulge in the colour­ful bloom of around four mil­lion tulips, ac­com­pa­nied by sev­eral in­no­va­tive cul­tural el­e­ments.

In the gen­tle spring breeze, the blos­som­ing tulips have fi­nally made its way to meet their fans in Bei­jing. Seize this op­por­tu­nity if you have never seen the grandeur of a tulip sea, for tulips are the most beau­ti­ful mes­sen­ger in spring. The Tulip Festival this year falls be­tween April 1 and May 10, spread­ing over the Qing­ming Festival hol­i­day and the Labour Day hol­i­day. Gar­den­ers have put in their best ef­forts to pre­cisely con­trol the flow­er­ing phase so that vis­i­tors can en­joy the best of tulips.

This festival is themed on “rel­ish­ing for­eign cul­ture while watch­ing tulips,” with in­ter­est­ing high­lights that con­trib­ute to an ex­otic tulip festival. The out­door ex­hi­bi­tion area is mainly made up of tulips that de­picts dif­fer­ent coun­tries and their cul­tures. For­eign danc­ing and ac­ro­batic shows of clowns are also in­tro­duced to bring more fun. Some fancy and trendy shops like MOMO Cof­fee are brought in, adding vi­brancy to the whole gar­den festival.

Out­door Ex­hi­bi­tion In­dulging in Ex­otic Cul­ture

The out­door ex­hi­bi­tion area is de­signed ac­cord­ing to the phi­los­o­phy of “All is best in their nat­u­ral form” by pre­serv­ing the orig­i­nal nat­u­ral land­scape while cre­atively uti­liz­ing ab­strac­tion­ism and re­al­ism tech­niques to for­mu­late tulip pat­terns which re­flect for­eign cul­tural as­pects. Thanks to the ad­vanced plant­ing tech­nol­ogy, the 4 mil­lion-odd tulips of 93 va­ri­eties are able to sub­tly make a tran­si­tion from one flow­er­ing phase to the next, fully dis­play­ing the beauty and ex­otic cul­ture associated with the tulip. It is worth men­tion­ing that this festival is a pioneer show in north­ern China with the most di­verse va­ri­eties, long­est flow­er­ing phase and largest plant­ing area.

In­door ‘In­ter­na­tional Flower Cube’

The in­door ex­hi­bi­tion, un­der the theme of “In­ter­na­tional Flower Cube,” is de­signed by the world's top florists and cov­ers 41 va­ri­eties and 323 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing 26 tulip va­ri­eties, 6 eu­stoma gran­di­flo­rum va­ri­eties and 7 lily va­ri­eties. In­stead of be­ing ar­ranged on a flat sur­face, all those flow­ers are spread out in a cube, us­ing a cre­ative di­men­sional ar­range­ment method.

The whole in­door ex­hi­bi­tion is di­vided into six dis­play ar­eas, namely “Puzzle and Flower Cube,” “A Glimpse of Aus­tralia,” “Heart­beat Sky,” “Trop­i­cal Or­chid Cube,” “Flower Cube in Wa­ter” and “Birch For­est

and Flower Cube.” The in­door ex­hi­bi­tion area is com­posed of one axis, seven cubes and 12 in­ter­na­tional land­scape, with the num­ber of fea­tured land­scape hit­ting a record in its his­tory.

Colour­ful Recre­ational Ac­tiv­i­ties

On hol­i­days and week­ends, ex­otic per­for­mances like African hand- drum dance, pas­sion­ate samba, Broad­way jazz dance and funny clown shows will be put up by pro­fes­sional dancers to com­ple­ment the ex­otic tulip show. In ad­di­tion, artistic per­for­mances favoured by young peo­ple, such as elec­tronic mu­sic and magic shows, will also be staged for en­ter­tain­ment.

The sec­ond-ses­sion Tulip Cup Mo­bile Phone Pho­tog­ra­phy Con­test is also be­ing held dur­ing this festival. You don't need pro­fes­sional cameras as a pair of keen eyes is enough for you to win the con­test and its at­trac­tive prizes. Mean­while, the Healthy Hik­ing ac­tiv­ity is also un­der­way at the Bei­jing Flower Port, pro­vid­ing a chance for the par­tic­i­pants to en­joy the flo­ral scenery as they walk among tulips.

There will also be other spe­cial week­end pro­grammes and des­ig­nated ac­tiv­i­ties at the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Flower Port, as well as theme events such as BMW and Land Rover motor shows, sales ex­hi­bi­tions of the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage of Shunyi District of Bei­jing, in­ter­na­tional spe­cial­ties and char­ity bazaar of hand­crafts by the chil­dren in Wenchuan, Sichuan Prov­ince, China. This spring, come on to Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Flower Port and en­joy a colour­ful, joy­ful and splen­did tulip tour.

Trans­port Guide

Routes for Self-driv­ing

Drive along the Jingcheng High­way to the exit of Baima Road and then drive 26 kilo­me­tres east­ward along Baima Road. Turn left at the road sign that reads “Yangzhen 6Km”and then drive 700 me­tres north­ward and ar­rive at the Flower Port.

Drive along the Bei­jing Air­port High­way to Shun­ping Road and then drive 18 kilo­me­tres east­ward to the en­trance of the Shuitun Vil­lage, turn left and drive 3 kilo­me­tres along Chenma Road; or drive 18 kilo­me­tres east­ward along Shun­ping Road, turn left and drive 3 kilo­me­tres north­ward along Muyan Road to Baima Road and then turn left.

Drive along the Sec­ond Air­port High­way to Jing­ping High­way and then drive 18 kilo­me­tres to the exit of Muyan Road. Turn left and drive 15 kilo­me­tres north­ward to Baima Road and turn left.

Drive along Jingcheng High­way to the exit of Changjin Road. Drive 25 kilo­me­tres east­ward and turn right at the traf­fic sign that reads “Muyan Road 2KM.” Drive 4 kilo­me­tres south­ward along Chenma Road.

Routes for Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Take Bus 915 Ex­press at Dongzhi­men. Alight at Hospi­tal of Shunyi District and then trans­fer to the tour line Bus Shun Five to the Flower Port.

Take Line M15 of Bei­jing Sub­way to Shunyi and then trans­fer to the tour line Shunyi Bus No. 5 to the Flower Port.

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