Luoyang Peony Festival
The peony is the famous traditional Chinese flower. In a big shape, the peony is dignified and gorgeous and is of various varieties. The peony is known as the "King of Flowers" because of its ravishing beauty and heavenly fragrance. Thanks to the warm climate, proper rainfalls, fertile land and expertise of gardeners, Luoyang has cultivated a wide variety of rare species of peonies in beautiful colors; hence the saying: The peonies of Luoyang are the most beautiful on earth.
The Chinese people love peony very much and regard it as the national flower. Peony is of “ravishing beauty and heavenly fragrance,” raking first in all kinds of flowers. Since the Tang Dynasty, Luoyang has been known as the land of peony, enjoying the reputation of having the county’s most beautiful peonies. Cultivating and appreciating peonies have become the local customs, and peony is designated as the city flower of Luoyang. Now Luoyang grows over 500,000 peonies, which fall into over 350 species. “Yaohuang” and “Weizi”peonies are named as the “king” and “queen” of peonies. Starting from 1982, Luoyang holds the grand peony festival between April and May every year.
During the peony festival, Luoyang holds a wide variety of activities, such as a large-scale theatrical performance, peony fairs, lantern fairs, the exhibitions of calligraphy, paintings and photos, symposiums and trade talks. Tourists can appreciate beautiful peonies at the Wangcheng Park and the Botanical Garden while tasting delicious food at the Peony Banquet, as well as various local snacks.