Cherry Blossom Season in Dalian

Dalian is the mainland Chinese city with the closest ties to Japan, largely due to its location at the tip of the northeastern peninsula (if the map of China is a gigantic chicken, I like to say that Dalian is the the tip of the wattle on its chin – that’s what it’s actually called, look it up).

One of the ways that this is evident, besides the presence of many multinational Japanese companies and, sadly, the remnants of Japanese colonization, is 203 Park in nearby Lvshun. It claims to be the largest cherry blossom park outside of Japan (or maybe even including Japan?), and I happened to be there right in time for cherry blossom season.

I don’t know about the validity of those claims, but it certainly is big!

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Flowers in the whole spectrum of colors: white, white tinged with pink, pink, and even red.

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

And, of course, I couldn’t resist the temptation to take a few flower-framed shots.

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Cherry blossom festival at 203 park in Dalian, China

Nothing beats this perfect camoflague though:

A woman blends seamlessly into a cherry blossom tree at 203 park in Dalian, China

I always try to make it out to see cherry blossoms when this time of year rolls around, so I’m grateful that I got to fit it in this year too while on the road. Maybe next year, cherry blossom season in Japan? Definitely on the bucket list!

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