How to catch the cherry blossom festival without having to wrestle throngs of tourists in Japan. Source: Shutterstock.
COME MARCH 2019, Japan will be awash with pastel pink and soft white as the cherry blossom trees make their highly anticipated annual appearance.
Cherry blossom viewing in Japan is an important event because not only does the transient beauty of the flowers officiates the coming of spring, the blossoms only last a week or two.
This is why throngs of travelers from all around the world flock to various places in Japan in the months of March and April, depending on the cherry blossom forecast.
However, Japan is not the only destination in Asia which will host the enchanting cherry blossoms. From 14th to 17th November, Shillong in India will host the third edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival.
Located in northeast India, Shillong is a hill station and the capital of the state of Meghalaya. It is known for its picturesque lush nature, from its manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park to the nearby Ward’s Lake surrounded by walking trails.
It is cold for the most part of the year and during year end, it makes for the perfect unique autumn flowering of Himalayan cherry blossoms.
Shillong is also known for its abundance of tea and markets selling indigenously produced crafts such as handwoven shawls, and these will be highlighted during the India International Cherry Blossom Festival as well.
The India International Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Polo Grounds, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, and State Convention Centre, among other venues. Visitors can also enjoy a romantic night stroll under beautifully lit up cherry blossom trees at Ward’s Lake.
Alternatively, you could visit these other destinations in Asia for a glimpse of the vibrant floral wonder:
Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Namsam Park in Seoul, South Korea. Source: Shutterstock.
When: Late March to early April.
Where: Seoul, Incheon, Gangwon, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan, Jeju, Gwangju, Jeolla Province.
Cherry blossoms at Wuling Farm in Taichung, Taiwan. Source: Shutterstock.
When: Late January to mid-April.
Where: Taipei, Danshui, Wuling Farm, Yangminshan National Park, Wulai Scenic Area, Alishan National Scenic Area.
Cherry blossom trees line the road in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Source: Shutterstock.
Where: Chiang Mai (Baan Khun Chang Kian, Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station, Khun Mae Ya, Khun Wang Royal Agricultural Research Centre), Chiang Rai (Phu Lom Lo, Doi Chang, Doi Pha Tang, Phu Chi Fah, Doi Mae Salong), Nan (Khun Sathan National Park).
China’s Zhongshan Park during the cherry blossom festival that happens every year in spring. Source: Shutterstock.
When: Late March to late April.
Where: Beijing (Yuyuantan Park, Summer Palace), Shanghai (Gucun Forest Park, Shanghai Botanical Gardens), Wuxi (Tortoise Head Garden), Hangzhou (Prince Bay Park), Guangzhou (Million Sunflower Garden), Dalian (Longwangtan Cherry Blossom Park), Wuhan (East Lake Cherry Blossom Park), Qingdao (Zhongshan Park).