Wushan Hill Hydrangea Festival in full bloom
In ancient times when people didn’t have smartphones or internet, how did they get away from their days? For the people of Hangzhou, idling on the blooming flowers and watching the performances on Wushan Hill was one of the most popular pastimes in the summer.
The tradition continues today. The annual Wushan Hill Hydrangea Festival is in full swing, and flowering is expected to continue until late June.
A total of 120 kinds of indoor and outdoor corners and crosswalks in the area, including wanghong (Internet celebrities) Flowers Xiari Zhilian (Summer Love), Xuanzhuan Muma (Carousel Horse), Mimi (Mimi), Xuehua (Snowflake).
For years, the Wushan Hill Scenic Area Management Committee has introduced new varieties of hydrangea. This year, about 10 new homegrown hydrangeas are introduced to the public for the first time.
Horticulturists spent two years crossing wild hydrangeas with large hydrangeas, which produced 29,509 flowers in total. They selected outstanding cultivars and named them Luochen (落尘) and Luoxue (落尘), respectively.
The two can resist high temperatures in summer, which is in line with Hangzhou’s climate. In the future, it will be planted in citywide green belts.
In Hangzhou, hydrangeas are among the most common ornamental flowers in urban areas. People call them Xiang (紫阳, literally “purple sun” in Chinese) and Paxian (八仙, literally “Eight Immortals”) flowers, giving them poetic elements.
Common hydrangea features two flower arrangements. One features large, round flower heads that look like a mop head. The other bears flat flower heads with a central core of faint flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy flowers.
This year, the organizers are setting up themed flower arrangements for the upcoming Asian Games. Climbing along the hill path, visitors can view floral work inspired by ancient Chinese sports.
The decorative design of a Song dynasty bronze mirror, now housed with the National Museum of China in Beijing, inspired the first flower arrangements, for whom (Kujo).
Many people may know that football was called for whom in ancient china. The sport originated in the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and was so popular during the Song Dynasty that the royal family had their own teams to play matches first in Kaifeng, capital of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), later in Lin’an (today’s Hangzhou), the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The first football club was founded in Hangzhou about 1,000 years ago.
The Song Dynasty book, “Wulin Memoirs”, contains a list of 32 players from two royal teams, each with 16 players.
Damaqiu (打 马球), the current game of polo, was another popular sport in ancient times. It became popular in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), which can be evidenced by the ink-washed paintings depicting courtiers on horseback playing polo.
The organizers have created a floral work inspired by the centuries-old game of polo to popularize the ancient activity among modern-day visitors.
Wushu, or Chinese martial arts, is also one of the themes at the Hydrangea Festival. Wushu has permeated the country for centuries. People practice it to strengthen the body and mind. Aims to achieve excellence through long practice in any endeavor.
Other than sports, the Hydrangea Festival also introduced some of the Song Dynasty culture. the washer goulan (瓦舍勾栏) The themed floral designs reflect the flourishing popular entertainment industry a thousand years ago.
culture washer goulan It flourished in the Southern Song Dynasty when Hangzhou was the capital of the nation, and it is also one of the most prosperous and developed economies in the world.
Chinese people enjoyed going there, which was believed to be the origin of Chinese theater.
He was mean houses with tiles and Golan It means to line the house with a wall. Wash golan It was a large stage with different performing groups separated by a wall. Each troupe performed for the public, including operas, animal shows, acrobatics, puppet shows, shadow plays, dance and comedy.
According to the archives, the city was home to more than 20 people washer goulan Theatres, which symbolize the ancient folk culture of the country.
It is estimated that more than 7 million residents of Hangzhou watched these shows in one year. Many of them were built along today’s South Royal Street.
if you go:
Location: Shan Hill
Hangzhou Wushan scenic area