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Autumn, the Season of Osmanthus 2017-09-22
If we say summer, in Hangzhou, is all about lotus flowers, then autumn is all about osmanthus. At the lakeside of the West Lake, along ordinary lanes and alleys, at the foot of mountains and hills, by banks of streams - osmanthus can be seen to be glowing everywhere, sending off an intoxicating fragrance as it permeates the air.

At the lakeside of the West Lake, along ordinary lanes and alleys, at the foot of mountains and hills, by banks of streams - osmanthus can be seen to be glowing everywhere, sending off an intoxicating fragrance as it permeates the air. Now that the golden season has arrived, many osmanthus plants have begun to show their true identities. To really appreciate the beauty of Hangzhou’s floral symbol, then the following places are not to be missed.

Park of “Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village”



Manjuelong Village (杭州满陇桂雨公园) is the most traditional and famous place in Hangzhou in which to appreciate osmanthus. Whenever autumn arrives, osmanthus petals fall like fragrant raindrops, hence the name, osmanthus rain. The scene has been selected as one of the top ten views of West Lake with the name of “Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village.”

Bus stop: Manjuelong (man jue long: 满觉陇)

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From now until October 15, the 2017 Hangzhou Osmanthus Leisure Culture Festival is being held in the park of “Osmanthus Rain at Manjuelong Village.” During the festival, by purchasing the admission fee, adults can receive a one-hour parking voucher for free (the parking voucher can only be used that day and cannot be used on weekends and holidays) and children can enjoy a chance to explore one of the many amusement facilities inside.

Hangzhou Botanical Garden



The osmanthus trees in Hangzhou Botanical Garden (杭州植物园) are mostly inside the Garden of Osmanthus and Crape Myrtle. The 60 mu (1 mu roughly equals 666 sq m) garden is home to over 2000 osmanthus trees of 20 kinds. When the osmanthus is in full bloom, the garden is also full of its unique fragrance.

There is a treasure inside the park, “the King of Orange Osmanthus” and a stone stele has even been built for it. Among the vast area of osmanthus trees, several hundred crape myrtles stand in between, and thus form a delightful contrast.

Bus stop: Hangzhou Botanical Garden (zhi wu yuan: 植物园)

Hangzhou Flower Nursery



The “Jin Gui Qiu Man (literally means that orange osmanthus is in full bloom in autumn)” in the northern side of Hangzhou Flower Nursery (杭州花圃) is the most representative viewing venue in Hangzhou Flower Nursery. Inside “Jin Gui Qiu Man” various osmanthus species are planted, notably local varieties such as golden osmanthus, silver osmanthus and orange osmanthus. Inside the nursery, there are many benches available for people to rest, suitable for people to have some leisure time at weekends whilst appreciating the city’s floral beauty.

Bus stop: Hangzhou Flower Nursery (hang zhou hua pu: 杭州花圃)
 

Lingyin



Compared with other osmanthus viewing venues, the osmanthus in Lingyin is more poetic and Zen-like. In the eyes of ancient Chinese, the seeds of osmanthus in Lingyin fell down to earth from the moon and were then planted in the area by monks who had found them. The osmanthus in the century-old temple has long enjoyed fame. When autumn comes, the osmanthus in Lingyin Temple hangs heavily on branches, sending off its intoxicating fragrance, and giving the scene its fame of “The whole mountain is enveloped by osmanthus fragrance when they are in full bloom.”

Bus stop: Lingyin (ling yin: 灵隐)

Pagoda of Six Harmonies



Viewing osmanthus in the Pagoda of Six Harmonies (六和塔) is tranquil. By looking into the distance, at the top of the pagoda, the view is added with a sense of vicissitude. Under the Pagoda of Six Harmonies grow many types of tree, including the many hundreds of osmanthus tree. By getting close to the archway of “Jing Yu Jiang Tian (净宇江天)”, one will sense a light osmathus fragrance and by strolling further into the mountain, at the back of the pagoda, the fragrance will get even stronger.

Bus stop: Pagoda of Six Harmonies (liu he ta: 六和塔)

Jade Emperor Hill

 

Jade Emperor Hill (玉皇山) is solitary and high in the air. When the wind blows, clouds and mist fly here from time to time, which accounts for its, “Clouds Scurrying over Jade Emperor Hill”, one of the top ten views of the West Lake. Osmanthus trees in Jade Emperor Hill are aplenty. From the mountain foot to the top, osmanthus trees are staggered every few meters. The best place to view osmanthus is perhaps at Zilai Cave, which is halfway up the hill where osmanthus trees can be seen everywhere, and the view of Eight-Diagrams Field is just below.
 
Bus stop: Cloud Scurrying over Jade Emperor Hill (yu huang fei yun: 玉皇飞云)
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