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Shanghai's Gucun Park in full bloom for cherry blossom festival

Gucun Park in Shanghai will play host to around 100,000 people over the next few weeks as visitors and residents alike flock to the annual cherry blossom festival.

Cherry blossoms in Gucun Park.
Cherry blossoms in Gucun Park. Image by Kamal Zharif Kamaludin / CC BY-SA 2.0

Some 12,000 trees in the park are expected to reach peak bloom next weekend, though the pink flowers will blossom over the next month. Gucun Park is home to around 60 different varieties of cherry blossom trees, and festival organisers say this year’s blooms will be better than in previous years, as the recently-planted trees will have had a few years to mature. Entry to the park during the festival costs ¥20 (US$3) and a passport or ID card is required. The best way to reach the park is to take metro line 7 to Gucun Park. Read more: shanghaidaily.com