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Luoyang Peony Festival
Time: April 15-25 every year.

Venue: Luoyang, Henan Province

Origin: ¡°The peony of Luoyang is the most beautiful under heaven¡±, as the saying goes. The peony, the emblem flower of Luoyang, is lauded as ¡°queen of flowers with ethereal color and celestial fragrance.¡± Since the Tang Dynasty no Chinese city has been able to rival Luoyang in growing peonies. Growing the peony and marveling at it has, in fact, long been a local obsession. Of the 500,000 peony shrubs in 350-odd strains that are cultivated in Luoyang, the yaohuang (Yao¡¯s yellow peony) and weizi (Wei¡¯s purple peony) are the ¡°king¡± and ¡°queen¡± of all peonies. The first Luoyang Peony Festival took place on April 15-25 in 1983; since then it has become a major annual event.

What¡¯s On: Full-length variety shows, flower watching, lantern show, exhibitions of traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting and photography, symposiums, and business talks. At the Wangcheng Park and the Botanical Garden, banquets are arranged for peony admirers, and all kinds of snacks and refreshments are served as well.