Country for PR: China
Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Wednesday, April 14 2021 - 22:21
Heze, China: A Flower That Vitalizes A City
HEZE, China, Apr. 14, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The Information Office of the Heze Municipal People's Government has announced 
that in April, the 2021 World Peony Conference, the 30th Heze International 
Peony Cultural Tourism Festival, and the 2021 Heze Cultural Tourism Development 
Conference will kick off in Heze, Shandong province. The peony heritage of Heze 
will once again amaze visitors from all over the world. Heze is known as the 
Peony Capital of China. Its peony industry has developed in a multi-faceted 
way, producing a range of peony-based merchandise such as ornamentals, 
medicines and health products. Additionally, peony-themed creative and cultural 
output, such as peony flowers, peony print silk and traditional Chinese peony 
flower paper-cutting, is also flourishing.

There are nine ornamental peony gardens in Heze, the more notable including the 
Caozhou Peony Garden, the Baihua Peony Garden and the Chinese Peony Garden. 
During the peony blooming season, the Caozhou Peony Garden attracts nearly 
5,000 visitors daily.

Heze has a peony cultivation history dating back over 1,500 years, and it has 
developed into the largest base for peony production, export and observation, 
with the most varieties of peony flowers, in the world. Currently, Heze peonies 
include nine color systems, 10 bloom types and 1,259 varieties. Cultivation of 
ornamental peonies in Heze covers some 50,000 mu, mainly peony varieties more 
suitable for gardens, pot plants and fresh-cut flowers to meet modern market 
demand for parks and gardens, as well as for flower arrangements.

Heze focuses on developing a whole industry chain of peonies and achieving 
comprehensive development. The peony sector currently provides more than 
100,000 jobs in Heze, covering the gamut from peony cultivation to processing 
and sales. There have been more than 240 peony cosmetic products, personal 
hygiene products and food products developed, making it China's largest export 
base of peony flowers and associated products.

The Heze Government launched the Blooming World Peony Series Awards to further 
promote the development of the peony industry and peony culture and art. During 
May this year, awards will be presented for the Peony Themed Art Competition, 
Calligraphy Competition, Photography Competition, and Cultural Creative Design 
Competition in the peony culture and art category, as well as for the Peony 
Show Competition, Peony Scientific Innovation, and Peony Industry Business 
Model Innovation in the peony industry development category.

Source: Information Office of Heze Municipal People's Government

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   Caption: 2021 World Peony Conference


   Caption: Ornamental peonies in Heze


   Caption: Processing of peony flower stamens


   Caption: Peony-themed creative and cultural products