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China’s spring blossoms

China’s spring blossoms Even as Americans in the northern parts of the US brace for snow, spring has arrived in China, bringing with it one of the largest blossoming shows on the planet. For thousands of years, western China has been famous for its four flower seasons, each represented by a popular blossom. Spring is the season of the orchid, and the brightly-colored flower has been used in Chinese medicine for millennia. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Visitors to China in the spring can also take in religiously significant magnolias and lilacs near Buddhist temples, imperial peonies outside the Forbidden City, cherry blossoms in…

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Best places to enjoy spring blooms

Best places to enjoy spring blooms Spring has come to the northern hemisphere. One of the sure fire ways to know winter is over is by seeing color come back into the landscape. Blossoming trees are a sign of new life and new beginnings and they are pretty damn dramatic to look at, too. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the blossoms this spring. 1. Tokyo, Japan Spring is practically defined by the cherry blossom. Many cities around the globe pride themselves on the beauty of their sakura trees — D.C., Vancouver, and Seoul all hold dedicated festivals — but why not head to the source? Petals drift down in surreal snowfalls that cover the wide,…

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