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.
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.