We're finally in the first week of April, which means a third of the year has already passed! ? With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it feels like time has both flown by and dragged on, and in the blink of an eye, many countries have begun to experience their first few weeks of spring.
These beautiful springtime scenes seem more poignant without crowds of tourists around to enjoy them. But with springtime blooms come the hopeful promises of renewal and new growth - while we may not be able to travel right now, we're hoping that these bright blossoms give all of us something to look forward to in the future! ?
1. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo typically doesn't get much snow - which is why this year's sudden snowfall in the middle of spring was a wonderful surprise! More than 1cm of snow fell in Tokyo and nearby prefectures including Saitama and Chiba, making the cherry blossoms look even more beautiful than ever. ? Popular spots such as the Meguro River, Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, and Chidorigafuchi Park were transformed into dazzling wonderlands - click here to see some of the beautiful sights
P.S. Is seeing the cherry blossoms in Tokyo part of your bucket list? Then you'll need this Muslim-friendly guide to Japan's cherry blossoms
to start preparing for next year's adventure!
2. Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is another classic destination for a springtime cherry blossom chase! The pink flowers can be spotted across the country from Jeju to Busan, with lots of scenic spots to enjoy their beauty. If you happen to be in Seoul during the spring, you can visit Yongsan Family Park to enjoy a leisurely walk beneath the blossoms, and soak in that refreshing springtime atmosphere! ☺️ Maybe it's time to start planning your 2021 cherry blossom adventure in Seoul
3. Ibaraki, JapanCredit: Visit Japan International on Facebook
Cherry blossoms aren't the only flowers you can see in Japan in the spring! Ibaraki prefecture's Hitachi Seaside Park is covered with nemophila blooms during the spring, creating a beautiful blue and violet blanket of flowers. Nemophila is nicknamed "baby blue eyes" for its baby blue and sky blue petals, which are so delicate they're almost see-through! The flowers usually emerge between late-April to mid-May, but you can sometimes see them as early as February or March.
4. Melbourne, Australia
The northern hemisphere isn't the only place that's experiencing a springtime explosion of flowers! ? Located about a half hour's drive from Melbourne, Tesselaar Plants is home to rows and rows of vibrant flowers ranging from yellow marigolds to white snapdragons to red dragon's breath. Tesselaar's annual KaBloom spring flower festival has been cancelled for 2020, but they have an annual tulip festival in September/October that's worth the wait!
5. Taipei, Taiwan
If you're looking for cherry blossoms nearby without the crowds of Tokyo or Seoul, then Taiwan is the place to be! Cherry blossoms start emerging as early as February, and since there are so many nature parks in Taiwan including Yangmingshan National Park and Alishan National Scenic Area you'll be spoilt for choice! ? There are even different flower types which bloom at different times including the Taiwanese Sakura (late Jan - Mar), Yoshino Cherries (mid-Mar - late Apr), and Double-Layer Sakura (Feb - Mar).
6. Washington D.C., USA
Asia isn't the only place you can catch the beautiful cherry blossoms. If you happen to be in the USA during springtime, make sure to visit Washington D.C. to see the gorgeous trees around the Capitol! Famous and historic sites such as the Washington Monument, National Mall, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial are dotted with the baby pink blooms - making for a memorable snapshot. ?
7. Lisse, the Netherlands
Another iconic springtime sight is the Keukenhof Gardens
in Lisse, which showcases thousands of tulip blossoms. Every year, thousands of visitors usually flock there to see one of the most beautiful springtime gardens in the world. While this year's flower exhibition has been cancelled, the gardens have kept their Instagram
updated with videos and more! ?
8. Luoping, China
Located east of Kunming, this town in China is famous for its bright and cheery springtime spread of canola flowers! ? Also known as rapeseed flowers, these yellow blossoms can be seen from February to mid-April, with full bloom beginning around the start of March. The flowers will eventually be harvested to produce canola oil, but their vibrant colours are worth a once-in-a-lifetime trip for sure.
9. California, USA
If you're travelling through the western coast of the United States, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad
are one attraction you definitely shouldn't miss! ? Over 50 acres are dedicated to fields and fields of gorgeous Giant Tecolote Ranunculus blossoms, with a yearly show open in spring includes live music shows and kid-friendly performances. If you're interested in seeing more of place, head over to their Facebook
where they'll be introducing you to attractions, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and more!
While tourists and visitors may not be able to visit these flower fields right now, nature still continues to flourish and grow. ? Though times are rough right now, we hope that much like these flowers have overcome the cold and harsh winter, we can make it through this tough time better and brighter than before!