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!
Flowers in the whole spectrum of colors: white, white tinged with pink, pink, and even red.
And, of course, I couldn’t resist the temptation to take a few flower-framed shots.
Nothing beats this perfect camoflague though:
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!