Yang di and Weng Shihui/Shanghai Daily news
As a thriving port area, Nanhui District is seeking more attractions for
tourists. The Chengbei Folk Peach Orchard was set up last year as a scenic spot
for tourists from across the world.
Featuring a mixed architectural style in
both Chinese ancient garden and the Chinese country, the village offers
picturesque scenery to visitors.
Peach leaves dance elegantly with the
tender breeze. The village is a place to be surprise, and enjoy sweet pleasures.
You will explore some delicious local specialties, delicate craftworks,
beautiful scenic sights, and the fruitful ancient peach trees that add to the
charm of Nanhui.
Since 1991, Nanhui District has organized
its annual Peach Blossom Festival in March and April. This festival signifies a
combination of peach blossom appreciation and Chinese folk culture presentations
and has won much applause from visitors.
Set up in Huinan Town in Nanhui
District, Chengbei Folk Peach Orchard is the main meeting-place of the Peach
Blossom Festival that is held when the peach blossom blooms luxuriantly every
The festival highlights cultural significance. Many activities are
designed on the basis of rural life. Chinese people have a special love for
peaches and the peach blossom.
The peach blossom, with its pleasant flowers,
symbolizes life, growth and prosperity. The flowers, in a visual hierarchy due
to the ascending or descending of colors, form a rosy sea. It is regarded as the
most auspicious of all plants. The peach, in Chinese culture, is a symbol of
long life and one of the strongest defenses against evil.
March, peach tree
blossoms; August, the peaches are ready to eat.
The peach Festival has made
one-day trips to Nanhui popular. About 30,000 visitors flock to experience the
pink vision during every weekend. Upon entering the resort, one will be first
greeted by a 40-ton large fancy rock, which is called Taihu Lake Rock. It is
said if a rock appears porous with many holes penetrating all the way through
and has a strangely contorted overall form, it is considered a highly valued
asset. Taihu Lake near Suzhou produced this most prized rock.
river bank is a vast forest of peach trees. There are more than 2,700 hectares
of land covered by peach trees in Nanhui, considered the biggest peach-producing
area in Southeast China.
While the season for juicy peach is only between
early July and late-August, it is usually about this time of the year that the
pinky, soft and sweet fruit beckons people to indulge in the summer pleasure.
It's a great time for people to pick peaches directly from the trees.
Thousands of people head to the peach orchard in Nanhui every day. You can
pick as many peaches as you can carry in the wide and bumper orchard with your
family and friends.
When walking among the peach trees, you will feel that
you're somehow slipped into another dimension of a world so picturesque it can't
be real. But it is.
The coziness is exactly the essence of the
orchard. Most of the scenic sights were designed following the principles of the
ancient garden style of Suzhou that developed and flourished in the 1400s.
Developed with their own distinctive features over many years, this type of
landscaping was often used in the densely populated cities where residents
recalled the countryside with nostalgia and yearned to commune with
The waterside Pavilion and 86-meter long Corridor, facing west of the
giant lake in the village, is the epitome of landscaping art for the
Suzhou-style garden, with its delicacy and simplicity.
The scene shifts as
you walk along the corridor. Visitors are suggested to take a seat and enjoy a
cup of tea. Their eyes will be treated to the chambers, pavilions and terraces
lining the lake.
The rustic tea house offers a magnificent view
of the nearby river and surrounding landscape. It provides a unique setting for
numerous dancing and singing troupes bringing their performance to the stage.
Starting from the end of this year, vendors manning sidewalk tables outside the
tea house will sell traditional handicrafts to tourists.
Perhaps the most
exciting part of the tea house for many is that it sells farm-fresh food. Local
delicacies such as braised meat in brown sauce, braised fish in brown sauce and
dry bean crud dominate the popular list.
Travelers may also test their skills
with traditional farm tools including waterwheels and millstones.
orchard is always full of laughing. Visitors may feel interesting in watching a
pig race. The four-legged competitors from Indonesia will participate in five
sports, including track events, swimming and diving. It is sure to be never
ending fun for all ages.
Venue: 289 Beimen Road, Huinan Town
Time: 8am-5pm, until August 31
Ticket: 60 yuan (US$7.4)