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Pretty in Pink

March 28, 2016
Peach Blossom Music Festival

If you thought Pinggu was a cute little penguin, then think again. Voted one of the top 10 places in the world for viewing flowers, Beijing’s Pinggu District is actually home to the world's largest garden of peach blossoms, covering as it does 14,674 rose-hued hectares. It’s also the site of a month-long annual Music Festival (from April to May), which has been attracting in-the-know international visitors to experience its flower-powered fabulousness for 16 years (if pink’s not your colour, it may not be for you!).

This fragrant free festival includes a wacky mix of dancing, folk customs, sports, romantic music and films, and, naturally, the peachy-keen scent and sight of millions of flowering trees. Drawing classes, Taoist temple celebrations and foodie treats ensure the festival is a hit with locals from neighbouring towns, as well as clued-up travellers. China loves any excuse for a good flower festival, and this is the perfect way to high-five Spring.

Pinggu District is about 70 kilometres from downtown Beijing, connected by subway and bus links (for a fuss-free arrival, though, our top tip is to hire a driver through your hotel and be sure to arrange a pick-up). Don your best pink Prada dress (to blend in, Penelope!), channel your inner flower power and get ready to party. We think little Pingu would flap his wings in delight.

Apr-May, 2016.