2018 Wuxi Intl Cherry Blossom Week beckons
2018-03-29 14:28:00

The much-anticipated Wuxi International Cherry BlossomWeek opened in grand style on March 28 at Yuantouzhu, or Turtle Head Isle, in East China's Wuxi, attracting thousands of visitors who all wanted to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cherry blossoms first-hand.

Dubbed one of the three best places in the world to view cherry blossoms, Turtle Head Isle is China's single largest cherry plantation, covering more than 650,000 square meters. Over 30,000 cherry trees of nearly 100 different varieties have been planted in the area.

The 2018 Wuxi International Cherry Blossom Week opens in grand style on March 28 atTurtle Head Isle of Wuxi, Jiangsu province. [Photo/wxrb.com]

The event, which has been held annually since 2014, is designed to promote peace, friendship and continued cooperation between China and Japan. This year's festival also marks the 31st Anniversary of the Sino-Japanese Cherry Blossom Friendship Forest.

The highlights of the festival each year are Turtle Head Isle's over 30,000 cherry trees, which are in their prime from late-March to mid-April. Many of the trees were donated by groups of private citizens and NGOs from Japan, whom have been visiting Wuxi to plant the trees as a gesture of peace and solidarity since 1988.

The event's opening ceremony was held at the scenic spot's Cherry Blossom Valley, with more than 300 distinguished guests from 20 countries and regions in attendance, including officials from the Consulate General of Japan, the United States, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates in Shanghai, representatives from the local government, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries as well as a delegation from Japan.

Source:chinadaily.com.cn Editor:Hiram