Wangcheng Park, located on the main road of Luoyang, is one of the best places to enjoy the peony flowers every April.
The park's name, Wangcheng, literally means 'the city of the king', as it was built in 1955 on the site of the capital city of the Zhou Dynasty (11BC - 22BC).
Ever since then workers in the park began growing peony flowers, the floral emblem of Luoyang and China. Now you can find over 800 categories of the flower throughout the park's Peony Garden.
Each April, during the Luoyang Peony Festival, hundreds of thousands of peonies bloom together in a majestic display of natural beauty. The prime time to enjoy the peony flowers is from April 5 to 20, according to Mrs. Wang, who's in charge of the peony planting in the park.
The peony planted here is taken good care of all-year round, including the use of organic fertilization, she said.
Besides the Peony Garden, another two major attractions in the park are the Historic Area and the Peony Culture Area.
In the Historic Area, in the west of the park, tourists could see architecture of the ancient times, such as the Jishengzhu Tablets, a Shenyuantai Hall, Jicheng Hall, Zhou Memorial Pavilion and Mingdemen Gate, which reflects the glamour of the Zhou Dynasty, Han Dynasty (206BC - 220) and Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).
The Peony Culture Area presents poems from a number of literary giants and artwork from famous calligraphers and painters. The three art forms are displayed along a long, columned corridor.
As the biggest comprehensive park in Luoyang, Wangcheng Park also has a small zoo and an amusement area, adding entertainment for the many visitors.
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Covering an area of about 40 hectares (99 acres), Wangcheng Park is located on the northern side of Zhongzhou Road in the heart of Luoyang city. The park gained its name because of its location on Wangcheng, the site of the Capital City of Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-221BC). Built in 1955, Wangcheng Park is the biggest comprehensive park in Luoyang city as well as in Henan Province. It is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the peony, especially during the Luoyang Peony Festival (held annually). The park is renowned for its cultural spots, such as the Ding, a bronze vessel from the Zhou Dynasty, Peony Garden and Hetu and Luoshu Tablet.
Standing in front of the gate, visitors will be awed by the structure's simplicity and dignity. With red walls and glazed tiles, the gate depicts the ancient architectural style of the city. Entering the park, guests will see a huge Ding symbolizing the power of the emperor in front of a stone screen. The vessel is a duplicate of the Zhou Dynasty Ding unearthed in Jin Village in Luoyang. The park consists of five scenic areas: the History and Culture area, the Peony Admiring Area, the Peony Culture Area, the Wangcheng Zoo and the Amusement Area.
The History and Culture Area is in the west of the park. In this area, tourists will enjoy a journey to the Zhou Dynasty and Chinese Civilization. Here attractions such as the Jishengzhu Tablets, Shenyuantai Hall, Jicheng Hall, Zhou Memorial Pavilion and Mingdemen Gate will educate visitors in the architecture and culture of the ancient city. Each site reflects the glamour of Zhou Dynasty, Han Dynasty (206BC-220) and Tang Dynasty (618-907). Another attraction worth seeing is the Hetu and Luoshu Tablet. Hetu and luoshu refer to the two special diagrams depicted on the tablet. Legend has it that long ago a man named Fu Xi saw a dragon appear out of the Yellow River with Hetu on its back, and an immortal turtle spring up from the Luo River with Luoshu on its back. After careful study, Fu Xi drew out the Eight Diagrams according to what he had seen on the dragon and turtle.
The Peony Admiring Area is the most famous section of the park. It is comprised of three gardens - the Luoyang Peony Garden, the Rockii Peony (Purple Speckle Peony) Garden and the Herbaceous Peony Garden. Each April, during the Luoyang Peony Festival, hundreds and thousands of peonies bloom together in a majestic display of natural beauty.
The Peony Culture Area presents poems from many of China's literary giants and artwork from famous calligraphers and painters. Here the three art forms are united on a long, columned walk way, each praising the beauty of the peony.
The last two attractions are the Wangcheng Zoo and the Amusement Area. Wangcheng Zoo lies in the northern area of the park. Here guests will be educated and entertained by many rare species, some of which include: pandas, south China tigers, black bears, leopards, and red-crowned cranes. The Amusement Area featuring a number of recreational facilities will add additional entertainment to your trip.
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