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Parks to be filled with flowers to herald approach of spring

PARKS across the city will be spruced up with a sea of flowers starting in late February to herald the approach of spring, city's greenery authorities said yesterday.

A plum blossom display will be held at the Haiwan National Forest Park in Fengxian District between Saturday and March 16. About 35,000 plum flower trees of 126 varieties will turn the park into a flowery delight.

Xinzhuang Park in Minhang District will also hold a plum blossom exhibition starting Thursday for more than a month.

The park has been a popular plum flower viewing spot in Shanghai for staging the display for over 15 years. There will be six exhibition areas, some using a horse theme to reflect the year of the Chinese zodiac.

The Shanghai Botanical Garden will host a bonsai exhibition in late April, while a peony display is ongoing at the Chenshan Botanical Garden, which displays 25 varieties of peony.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is inviting local residents to sponsor marine animals. Fees collected from sponsors will be used in research about animals and scientific education.

Sponsoring animals is popular at overseas zoos and aquariums, but it is relatively less known in China. A local senior citizen has sponsored a pig-nosed turtle at the aquarium for eight years.


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