Best Places to See Wintersweet in Shanghai

Best Places to See Wintersweet in Shanghai

January and February is just the time when wintersweets vie for blossoms against snow and frost. Then, Shanghai will find you best places to enjoy wintersweet blossoms scenery.

Tanyuan Garden


Tanyuan Garden gains its name from two green aged ebony trees, Yuanyangtan and Qiansuitan. Belonging to monotypic species and with a history of 1389 years, both of them are under national secondary protection of rare tree species. Listed in the World Natural Heritage List by UNESO, the Garden was kept to present its original owner, Li Liufang of his personality and artistic achievements, thus being an arts garden as well as celebrity memorial. The compact and decent layout brings out its serenity, elegance, delicacy and exclusiveness, making it a place featuring South China classical gardens’ beauty and an enchanting modern look. Following it are Shanyu Floor and Nanxiang Old Street, built during Republican China. There, in appreciation of the past, you can have a great view of scenic spots and historical sites.


Address: No. 5, Huntang Lane, Nanxiang Town, Jiading District.

Metro Station: Nanxiang Station of Line 11

Qushui Garden


Built in the 10th year of Qianlong Reign of Qing Dynasty (1745), the Qushui Garden used to be subordinate to Chenghuang Temple. In the third year of Xiqing Reign of Qing Dynasty (1798), it was renamed as Qushui, literally meaning meandering streams siting alongside the Dayingpu River. Facing south, the Garden has waters with a coverage area of 15% and plants dominated by bamboos. Known for exquisiteness and classic simplicity, it boasts four distinctive scenic areas. In the west of the Garden featuring building construction, gorgeous halls and floors seclude in sequester yards; in the middle, limpid pool mirrors crags all around. Looking east, you see a vast land surrounded by lush flowerbed, giving off a touch of countryside delights. Another highlight of the Garden is known for knowledge and artists with scripts and paintings on the corridor walls and drum-shaped stone standing.


Address: No. 612, Gongyuan Road, Qingpu District

Metro Station: Qingpu New Town Station of Line 17

Guyi Garden



As one of the most ancient gardens in Shanghai, Guyi Garden bears tourist attractions, including Yiyetang (the reclusive hall), Xi’e Pond (white swan pond), Songhe Garden (crane and pine tree garden), Qingqing Garden (green and clean garden), Yuanyang Lake (mandarin duck lake) and Nanxiang Wall (carved wall). In 2006, it was rated as a national AAAA tourist attraction. of about 200 wintersweet trees, the most are Suxin Plum with faint yellow color, Pankou Plum rich in fragrance and Gouya Plum with purple stripes on the pedal, all concentrating along the Meihuabei Gallery or in the south of Wanshi Hall. You can also find them before or behind the hall, along the creek or besides the pathway. Wintersweet has been in its prime now and is expected to last until early February.

Address: No. 29-402, Lane 125, Guyi Garden Road, Jiading District

Metro Station: Nanxiang Station of Line 11

 Zuibaichi Garden


Zuibaichi Garden in Songjiang District is one of the most famous classical gardens in regions south of the Yangtze River as well as a tourist attraction in Shanghai. The Garden is featured by luxuriant growth of aged trees, richly-layered pavillions and numerous historical sites as well as winding paths and galleries of antique beauty. Zuibaichi Garden is also the oldest one of the five ancient gardens in Shanghai(the other four are Yuyuan Garden,Guyi Garden in Jiading District,Qiuxiapu Garden and Qushui Garden in Qingpu District). Two wintersweets of a century’s history have bloomed quietly in the east of cottage above Zuibaichi pond, its fragrance floating around and its lovely figure hiding behind the green tiles and white walls. With over 50 wintersweets coming into bloom one after the other, you can enjoy yourself in Diaohua Hall, Xuehai Hall, Original Gate, Shanglu Garden and Penjing Garden.


Address: No. 64, South Renmin Road

Metro Station: Zuibaichi Station of Line 9

Shanghai Gongqing National Forest Park


As a forest park, Gongqing Forest Park comprises over 200 species of trees, totalling over 300,000 trees. The park is divided into two parts – northern part featuring forest landscape of hills, lakes and meadow while southern part boasting small bridges and winding rivers, displaying the scenery of Southern China. You can also involve in recreational activities like horseback riding, barbecues and fishing. In the north gate of the Garden, Black Pinewood or Fengyu Bridge, comes into your views a mass of wintersweet braving the cold and springing out blooms in luminous yellow as if carved up by wax. Viewers feel delighted at its gorgeous color, pure fragrance and varied profiles. Without overwhelming beauty though, wintersweet’s fragrance is charming enough to make you forget to leave.


Address: No. 2000, Jungong Road, Yangpu District

Metro Station: Shiguang Road Station of Line 8

Shanghai Botanical Garden


As a national AAAA tourist attraction, the Shanghai Botanical Garden has nearly 50 varieties of wintersweet, boasting largest collection in this city. Thanks to various species of early, medium and late flowering phases, the garden has blooming wintersweet for 60 to 70 days until March. However, early and medium flowering generally lasts for more than a month while the late for much shorter time. As for pedal pattern and color, there are more than 40 types, some petals being elliptic, some long, some strip-type, some spiky and color dispersing from golden - yellow to white, or red to purlish red.


Address: No.1111, Longwu Road, Xuhui District

Metro Station: Shilong Road Station of Line 3

 Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden


Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden is an AAAA comprehensive botanical garden integrating scientific research, popularization of science, landscape and leisure. Covering an area of 2.07 million square meters, it is the largest botanical garden in eastern China as well as the second botanical garden in Shanghai. There are four functional zones in the Garden: the central exhibition zone, the plant conservation zone, the five continents’ plant exhibition zone and the periphery buffer zone. Stepping into the world of the flowers in Chenshan, you will be pleased by wintersweet’s faint fragrance and firmly-formed figure in Quarry garden, Green theater and Plum Island.


Address: No. 3888, Chenhua Road, Songjiang District

Metro Station: Dongjing Station of Line 9

Century Park


Century park is the largest natural ecological city park, reflecting the fusion of eastern and western cultures as well as the integration of human and nature. It is positioned as a Chinese garden with modern characteristics. There, wintersweet has been into blooming period. Of more than 500 varieties of wintersweet, the most eye-catching in Century Park is Laolamei wintersweet from Sichuan Daba Mountain. Having been in the park for more than a decade they are now accustomed to the environment and soil, being vigorous year by year. The wintersweets are concentrated between Entrance 7 and 1 and the best view is in front of Xuetang Hall as there are more Laolamei there.


Address: No. 666, Fangdian Road, Pudong New District

Metro Station: Century Park Station or Shanghai High-technology Museum Station of Line 2

Sheshan Astronomical Observatory


Located in the western top of Sheshan Mountain, Sheshan Astronomical Observatory is formerly a observatory of European architectural style built by the French Catholic Jesus Society in 1900. Covering an area of more than 8,000 square meters, it is equipped with the first 40 centimeters telescope binocular refraction in the eastern world and took more than 7,000 rare astronomical images within a century. Here must be the highest place with plum blooms for a hundred years in Shanghai. Without good-looking though, they are rich in fragrance.


Address: No. 9142, Waiqingsong Road, Songjiang District

Metro Station: Sheshan Station of Line 9

Shanghai Square Pogoda Garden


Located in Songjiang District, Square Pogoda Garden was erected mainly for visitors to view historical relics. Formerly as downtown center of Guhuating in the Tang and Song Dynasties, it has Aimin Street in the east and Sangong Street in the west. This garden is not only a place gathering ancient literati but also an epitome of Songjiang site. On the brick was carved by ancient working people of their wisdom the most ancient, beautiful and well-preserved large art treasures in Shanghai, even in the whole country. On the east side of the millennium pagoda, several wintersweet trees have taken root and multiplied, spreading into a vast of woods. There are mainly two species, Suxin of yellow pedal and Gouying with red color inside and yellow outside the pedal.


Address: No. 235, East Zhongshan Road, Songjiang District

Metro Station: Zuibaichi Station of Line 9

Zhenru Park


Lying beside the Dadu River, Zhenru Park is a green park covered by verdant lawns and thick woods with two stone lions standing at the gate. Though a small green park on the road rarely known by people it is, you can relax yourself here with birds flying over your side from time to time and leaves rustling in breezes. This small park is the only one of wintersweet theme, rich in varieties and flower buds.


Address: No. 1894, Daduhe Road

Metro Station: Zhenru Station of Line 11

Gucun Park


Gucun park is like a "delicate jade" of Jiangnan gardens. Through the park passes winding river, above which there are bridges of unique features. Distinctive pavilions and floors scatter beside streams or on the hillside which is decorated by all kinds of aquatic plants, ornamental grass and brews like calamus, maiden grass and corn poppy. Gucun Park has its over 1,000 plants distributed mainly on the both sides of Guangfu Bridge and Sakura Avenue and the blooming period of wintersweet remains in January. Walking under warm winter sunshine in the park, you can be led by the fragrance to find where wintersweet is and see their golden figures blooming on the branches.


Address: No. 4788, Hutai Road, Gucun Town, Baoshan District

Metro Station: Gucun Park Station of Line 7


All information is from the internet and only for reference. The specific situation is subject to site.


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