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Flower Fair in Guangzhou
People in Guangzhou say without the Flower Fair, there is no Spring Festival. Guangzhou, known as the Flower City is famous for its annual flower fair held every year during Spring Festival. The Flower Fair starts three days before Spring Festival, and ends on Spring Festival Eve. During the fair, people pack the streets to enjoy the explosion of color and fragrance. Guangzhou locals invite their families and friends to visit the Flower Street during the fair. At the fair, visitors can stroll and enjoy the flower, or purchase flowers for themselves. It is a very joyous event.
History of Guangzhou Flower Fair
The Flower Fair can be traced back over 500 years, to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and is closely connected to Guangzhou's culture and history. Guangzhou's climate is ideal for growing flowers. It has a subtropical monsoon climate with an average temperature of 21.7degrees Celsius. It has plenty of rainfall and is very sunny. These conditions and Guangzhou's history of flower growing have given Guangzhou the nickname of the Flower City.
The Flower Fair has been regularly held since 1920 and the size has been growing ever since. It is now split into eight sections with the largest being located on Xihu and jiaoyu Road in Yuexiu District, Liwan North Road in Liwan District, and on Jiangnan West Road in the Haizhu Area. During the festival, all of Guangzhou is decorated with flowers, many crafted into miniature landscapes.
During the fair, most families will buy miniature tangerine trees for their homes. In Chinese culture, the tangerine symbolizes good luck and wealth, so the trees are placed in the home for Spring Festival. Also during the Flower fair, traditional Chinese performances are held, as well as painting and calligraphy demonstrations.
Flower Fairs in Hong Kong
1 Peach Blossom
Peach Blossoms are particularly auspicious flowers. Coming as they do in spring they symbolize life, growth and prosperity. The peach blossom is believed to be the most auspicious of all plants, whose significance lying in the symbolic importance of the peach. The peach, in Chinese culture, is a symbol of long life, and is regarded as the strongest defence against evil. Your peach blossom blooming during the New Year celebrations is sure to sign that the year ahead will be one of good fortune.
2 Kumquat Tree
This is a play on word. In Chinese the kumquat is called "jin qian ju". The word "jin" is a Chinese word for gold, "qian" means money and the word "ju" rhymes with the Chinese word for luck. The tiny green leaves of this plant symbolize wealth as the word "lu" (green) rhymes with the Chinese word for wealth. Finally the shape of the small oranges is a symbol of unity and perfection. So the Kumquat Tree is highly regarded by Chineses
3 Peony Flower
The peony is called the "flower of riches and honor" in Chinese, and is the emblem of love and affection, as well as being a symbol for feminine beauty. The bright red peony is particularly auspicious, bringing luck and good fortune to people.
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