Chasing cherry blossoms in China & Japan
If you're planning to see the spring flowers, hurry up! Flowers don't wait. They blossom and then wither. This is especially true for cherry blossoms, which only last a few days.
Cherry blossoms usually come out between March and April, depending on the local weather and climate. At this time of year, Beijing's Yuyuantan Park becomes a sea of pink and white. It looks like a postcard with its blooming cherry trees and glistening lake, China Daily noted.
China is not the only place to enjoy cherry blossoms. Each year at this time, these flowers – "Hanami" in Japanese –turn the country pink and white.
中国并非赏樱的唯一去处。每年的这时候，这些樱花 —— 日语中称为“花见” —— 将日本全国都染成了粉白色。
For many Japanese people, April is the best time of year. Viewing the cherry blossoms is important for families and companies. As the cartoon drama Crayon Shin-Chan shows, people are on the spot early in the morning. Some will even compete for small places underneath the trees. They take a picnic lunch, drink sake, enjoy the cherry blossoms and have a great time.
However, there is a sad side. As one Japanese saying goes: "Cherry blossoms only have seven days." Cherry blossoms last no more than a week. It tells us that life is beautiful, but short. We should cherish our time.