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Peony festival livens up Luoyang city

04-10-2012 10:11 BJT

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Luoyang peonies have long been renowned for their beauty, as far back as the Tang Dynasty. Every year, in the middle of April, peonies come into bloom all across Luoyang City, Henan province attracting large numbers of tourists. CCTV's reporter Liu Li sent this report from a city alive with spring color.

bol of happiness and prosperity in China.

With various varieties and colors, the Luoyang Peony has been dubbed the "King of the Flowers" and ranking "First Under Heaven". This year, Luoyang has been officially designated the city of peony, and the city's peony festival is set to open on April 10th.

A local resident said, "I come to see the flowers every year to take photos of the peonies."

Cultivating and appreciating peonies have become a local custom. But it's also popular among Chinese tourists and peony enthusiasts from across the world.

Throughout the city, all kinds of peonies are in bloom, with colors ranging from red, pink, yellow and white to the rarer greens, maroons and even blacks.

Over 1000 species of peony are on show in the city, with the sea of flowers covering more than 50 million square meters - double the size of last year's show. The annual peony festival in Luoyang runs from April 10th until May 5th.

CCTV's Liu Li said, "There are a lot of events you won't want to miss during the peony festival, including folk performances, and lantern fairs, along with painting and photo exhibitions. As the home of peonies, Luoyang is making a big push to offer more novelty and fun to both locals and tourists."


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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