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Chrysanthemums in full bloom

A total of 50,000 potted chrysanthemum flowers are blooming at Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park this autumn. The flowers are expected to be in full bloom until the end of this month.

Five traditional chrysanthemum types are displayed and more than 500 new types are also to make their debut during the festival.

"A chrysanthemum can be appreciated in terms of color, size and petal shape," says Tong Bin, the park's director.

Variation in petal shape - narrow slices, wide pieces and long strips - is where the beauty lies. In Chinese culture, chrysanthemums stand for nobility and unpretentiousness, which is always used to describe gentlemen.

"That's why it is a flower that is beloved by men of letters since ancient China and chrysanthemum appreciation is a very important cultural ritual every autumn," Tong says.

At the flower show, visitors can see pink, yellow, white, green and black chrysanthemums. The black chrysanthemum claims to be the world's blackest and it has just won the golden prize in the latest national chrysanthemum contest.

In addition to the potted chrysanthemums, people can also enjoy the flowers made into various shapes and moldings.

The gardeners have shaped thousands of chrysanthemums into hills, flying swans and a phoenix.

Date: Through November 30, 6am-5pm

Address: 2000 Jungong Rd

Tel: 6532-8194


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