The first Beijing Peony Culture Festival kicked off in Yanqing District of Beijing on May 6.
The festival will last till May 30, during which citizens can admire the beauty of peonies at the International Grape Exhibition Garden, Guizhou peony garden of Jiuxian Township, peony garden of Dayushu Township, Zhongshan Park, Jingshan Park and Beijing Botanical Garden.
Beijing has a long history of peony cultivation, which can be dated back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). At present, peonies are widely planted at major parks in Beijing like Jingshan Park, Beihai Park and Beijing Botanical Garden.
The peony industry has developed rapidly in Yanqing District since the preparation for the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition began in the district. Now the district has become the largest peony industry region in Beijing, with an area of 1,800 mu (120 hectares) planted with more than 1,800 varieties of peonies.
During the festival, with a ticket of 60 yuan (8.85 U.S. dollars), citizens can visit three gardens of the International Grape Exhibition Garden, Guizhou peony garden of Jiuxian Township, peony garden of Dayushu Township in Yanqing District.