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Best Hotels to See Cherry Blossoms in Asia

March 11th, 2011 by

Quite a number of people know what Cherry Blossoms are.  Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to see these flowers in the flesh.  In Asia alone, Cherry Blossoms are present in China, Korea and Japan.

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For those who are keen on witnessing a Cherry Blossom’s beauty up close, it is important to take note that the blooming period of cherry trees commences differently depending on a country’s geographical location.  A milder climate makes the flowers develop much earlier.  In some locations, the flowers bloom as early as January while it can be as late as May in others.  One must also remember that the Cherry Blossom season does not last for very long.  Flowers last only for about a week and the wilted petals are blown away by the wind another week after.

Here is a list of hotels ne can consider for a good sighting of Cherry Blossoms.

CONRAD HOTEL, TOKYO (JAPAN)

Japan is the country with the most diverse collection with over 200 cultivated varieties.  The Japanese give much attention to Cherry Blossoms as it is their National Flower.  The flowers symbolically represent spring and the belief that life is beautiful but short – just like the life cycle of a Cherry Blossom.

During the time of the Cherry Blossom Festival, almost all hotels in Japan are packed with excited visitors from all over the world.  This festival takes place anytime between mid-March until the first few weeks of April.  Even if one’s stay falls at the end of the blooming period of the Cherry Blossoms, it is still memorable to experience a shower of pink snowflakes when the delicate flower petals fall to the ground.

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A good hotel to stay in during the festival is the Conrad Hotel in the heart of Tokyo.  This hotel has wide angled vistas of the Tokyo Bay – pretty during the day and even lovelier at night time.    It is considered an ideal spot to see Cherry Blossoms given that it has a lovely view of the Hamarikyu Gardens.  This garden is considered one of the most eye-catching in Tokyo.  When Cherry Blossoms are in bloom, throngs of people head to the garden to enjoy the flowers.  It is an ideal place to sit by the pond or sip a hot cup of tea during chilly afternoons.

LEXINGTON HOTEL, SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA)

The Lexington Hotel in Seoul is a great place to stay during the Cherry Blossoms Festival.  It is just a stone’s throw away from the Yeouido Park.

The Yeouido Park is a huge recreational spot which can be found on Yeouido Island right in the middle of Seoul.  It is well visited by both locals and tourists because of its charming walking trails, biking pathways, and lush gardens.  The flowing Han River which runs along the northern side of the park gives this place a sense of tranquility.

The Cherry Blossoms at the Yeouido Park are already close to 50 years old and line the streets for a good 5 kilometres.  Every year, during the time when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, huge crowds of people head to this part of the city to admire the flowers and take thousands of pictures.  To give way to the mob, the western side of the island is closed to traffic.  Not so many cars can pass through the streets anyway as the people tend to block the streets to get a good view of the Cherry Blossoms.

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BEIJING (CHINA)

China, given the cold climate, is also home to thousands of cherry trees. Some trees are locally grown while some have been imported from Japan and cultivated in selected gardens all over the country.

If Cherry Blossoms hunting is part of the itinerary of one’s visit to Beijing then a good hotel to consider is the Shangri-la Hotel Beijing.  This hotel not only has fantastic amenities and services, but it also boasts of a superb location.  It can be found near the famous YuYuanTan (Jade Lake) Park.

The YuYuanTuan Park is known for its integral part in the annual Cherry Blossoms Festival, which takes place sometime between the last weeks of April through the first few weeks of May. It can be found at the northwestern part of Beijing. The park is famous for its Cherry Blossom Garden which has about 2,000 cherry trees from over 20 different species. The cherry trees were planted to signify the friendship between China and Japan. At the time of the celebration of the flowers, a huge crowd head to the park to capture the boughs wrapped in wreaths of white and pink flowers. Some prefer to appreciate the Cherry Blossoms while riding on paddle boats in the lake.

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