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'Green hikers' in an ocean of flowers

By Zhang Zixuan | China Daily | Updated: 2013-04-04 08:59

Tomb-Sweeping Day is the perfect opportunity to get out among the flowers.

Zhang Zixuan introduces colorful Kunming, Luoyang, Wuyuan and Zhoushan Archipelago.

When Tomb-Sweeping Day arrives (April 4), spring has sprung, and families hold memorial ceremonies for their ancestors and deceased family members. They also go out to embrace nature, a sign of a better day to come, which is why the day is also called Taqing, or "hiking in green".

It is also the time to enjoy flowers blooming, such as the kingly peony, golden cole flower, the elegant cherry blossom and many others.

A look at the flowers' cultural backgrounds adds joy to the pleasure of walking through an ocean of flowers.

Cole flowers in Wuyuan, Jiangxi province

Jiangxi

Dubbed "China's most beautiful countryside", Jiangxi province's Wuyuan becomes a huge yellow gem during spring.

The county is the base for Hui culture and has nurtured countless scholars, officials and tradesmen.

Hui-style architecture, featuring horse-head walls as well as exquisite wood, brick and stone sculptures, were a feature of ancient China. The remaining Hui-style houses in the county are a nod to past glories.

Jiangling village has the most cole flowers and they blossom upon curved terraces, making them look like golden ribbons waving in the wind. The black-and-white Hui-style houses dot the landscape, forming what looks like a long scroll ink painting.

Likeng village also has stone bridges over the rivers and running alongside the houses. On both sides of the river, vendors sell local specialties, like glutinous rice wine.

Because of its rural beauty, art students frequently visit to practice their art.

'Green hikers' in an ocean of flowers

Jiangling village has the most cole flowers in Wuyuan and they blossom on curved terraces. The black-and-white Hui-style houses dot the landscape, forming what looks like a long scroll ink painting.

'Green hikers' in an ocean of flowers

'Green hikers' in an ocean of flowers

'Green hikers' in an ocean of flowers

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