Peach trees in Nyingchi area start blooming from mid-March, and it takes around 10 days to get into full blossom and last till late April. The little pink flowers wake up at the advent of the spring, each gathering closely, quietly making a dot painting and finally spreading a gentle warm colored painting in the valley field, at the foothill, halfway up into the mountain, or beside the Tibetan households.
Nyingchi Government has held Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival annually since 2002. This year, we’ll expect the opening ceremony of the 17th Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival on the 23rd of March, in Gala Village.
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival
If you take a Nyingchi tour in the festival, you may participate the party-like celebrations, such as the traditional activities arrow shooting, bonfire dancing and horse racing performance. Exhibitions of Nyingchi specialties for tea, matsutake, honey, gastrodins, etc. are also a regular part.
Although the beautiful peach trees are literally everywhere, there are some well-known places with vast trees centralizing where you could get yourself immersed in the sweet fragrance.
Gala Village, is the venue of the annually held peach blossom festival. It’s only 30min drive from Bayi Town, the capital of Nyingchi Prefecture. You can find sophisticated tourism facilities. For instance, there is a double-deck wood structure outlook where you can ascend to the top and see the crowns of the blooming trees, and also enjoy the view of the glimmering river, the spring valley fields, and the white mountains snow-capped at the backdrop.
Note: Because of its convenient location and being a very famous spot, please visit earlier or later than the majority does.
Gala Village in Nyingchi
Suosong Village, is located halfway up a hill of Mount Namjarbawa, in the Yalung Tsangpo Grand Canyon Scenic Spot, where you can have a very special photography angle to shoot the World’s deepest valley and the alpine peach blossoms it nurtured on both sides of the river. Suosong Village is reputed as the best place to photograph Nyingchi by photographers.
Note: You’ll need to purchase an entrance ticket for the Yalung Tsangpo Grand Canyon Scenic Spot and then you can reach Suosong Village, which is around 8km from the gate.
Suosong Village in Nyingchi
Bome County is famous for its 30km long peach blossom road. Winding through the pink covered road is like traveling in a wonderland of flora. Nature does treat this land well. Take your time, manage your speed in a stable easy way and passengers may glance at the ongoing stream of beauty outside the window, or catch some passing shot luckily.
Note: while the scene is very romantic, the road itself is not wide enough to pull over wherever you’d like given that it is built among mountains. For the sake of your safety and others, please be considerate enough to choose the spot you’d like to stop without risking an accident.
The suitable temperature and ample rainfall in Nyingchi have taken good care of the peach trees. Lots of them are just antique, unbelievably old at the age of hundreds of years or even thousands of years. You may find the tree trunks are in much darker color than those you commonly see at homeland. And on the old black strong trunks, light pink or whitish-pink flowers are blooming. It’s just an amazing combination and a wonder only Nature can make. What kind of power has the old wild-born peach trees maintain to have got through the historical and geographical change, through the time and to proudly present the flowers that look so young.
Nyingchi Peach Blossom
The peach blossom in Nyingchi belongs to alpine species. It’s also called Tibet Peach or Mountain Walnut Tree. The color of the petals is lighter than those you normally find in central parts of China or eastern China. The petals are also relatively smaller except those growing in Bome County. The other difference lies in the density of flowers. Peach blossoms grow more densely together in a branch compared to other species scattered loosely in a tree.
While you may feel overwhelmed by the beautifulness of the scene, the Tibetan people residing here may live their life as usual. Peach trees bring not only aesthetic joy with flowers, but also abundant sweet fruit to share with their guests from afar and their livestock generously. Peach blossom also symbolizes youth and the beauty of love for Chinese. When people wish a friend “May Peach Blossom Luck to You”, that means they hope their friend can find their soul mate.