Peony is a famous Chinese traditional flower,which is considered as China National Flower. As the most famous Peony, Luoyang Peony was planted from the Sui Dynasty and became very popular from Tang Dynasty. It has 1,500 year’s history, Luoyang holds an annual peony fair festival from April 15th to 25th every year. During the festival, people from all over the world meet in Luoyang to see the Peonies and so the city livens up with a spectacle of seas of flowers and tides of people.
Peony is a symbol of happiness and wealth. There are a number of Chinese poems, prose and stories of the peony. The famous Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi wrote "the whole city is crazy during the twenty days when the peony bloom and fade.” There are more than 500 kinds of Peony. They all have a beautiful name, such as “Yao Huang” , ”Purple of the Wei Dynasty”and many more.The story behind these name are also very attractive.
Peony mainly come in 9 colors which are red, pink, purple, blue, yellow, white , and green .
The Luoyang Peony enjoys the honor of "King of the Flower Kingdom" and "Luoyang Peony Ranking the First under Heaven".
During the Peony festival, there are lantern shows and other forms of entertainment.
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