Miraculous! Blooming septet (seven) lotus flowers on one stalk were spotted at the Lotus Mountain in Panyu, Guangzhou on the morning of July 9th, 2020. The flowers borne by a fine breed of water lily, have seven complete pedicles.
The occurrence odds of twin lotus flowers on one stalk are less than one in one hundred thousand, which is far lower than that of human twins. Triplet or quintuplet lotus flowers on one stalk are extremely rare, and no septet lotus flowers have ever been spotted before, according to Wang Liangsheng, a researcher from the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the vice chairman of the Lotus Branch of China Flower Association. Wang said twin or multiple lotus flowers on one stalk are non-duplicated, can’t be inherited or cultivated, their emergence is purely by chance.
Do you want to view the one and only septet lotus flower, 1,200 kinds of lotuses and over 500 varieties of water lilies from across the world in one place? Come visit the 34th National Lotus Exhibition which is currently underway at the Lotus Mountain. The exhibition will last until August 31st.
You will be able to enjoy a beautiful sea of lotuses and other natural sights along your way up the mountain as well as various artificial attractions including scale models of the Canton Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Lotus Mountain (莲花山)
Highlights: Blooming septet lotus flowers on one stalk, and a great variety of lotuses
Opening hours: 07:00-19:00
Ticket: 54 RMB per person (Adults can enjoy a discount of 20% off before August 31st)
Location: No.123 Ximen Road, Shilou Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 3 and get off at Shiqiao Station, then take the "Shiqiao - Lotus Mountain" bus to get there.
Other places to view beautiful lotuses in Guangzhou
Guangzhou Uprising Martyrs Cemetery (烈士陵园)
With a history of planting lotuses for about 20 years, the park boasts the largest lotus pond in Guangzhou, which covers 9,000 square meters, larger than a football field. Twin lotus flowers on one stalk are often found in this park.
Highlights: Large lotus pond with precious twin lotus flowers and lovely kingfishers
Opening hours: 06:00-22:00
Location: No.92 Zhongshan Er Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Nearest metro station: Martyrs' Park Station, Line 1 (use Exit D)
Yunxi Ecological Park (云溪生态公园)
Located at the foot of Baiyun Mountain, the park is home to a small but pretty lotus garden, which covers an area of about 800 square meters. The garden is famous for its beautiful 'peony lotus' which has a petite flower and multiple layers of petals.
Highlights: Special lotuses and more are waiting for you
Opening hours: 06:00-18:00
Location: No. 1038, Baiyun Dadao Nan, Baiyun District, Guangzhou
Nearest metro station: Baiyun Park Station, Line 2 (use Exit C)
Baiyun Lake Park (白云湖公园)
Baiyun Lake is the largest artificial lake in downtown Guangzhou, also known as the city's 'West Lake'. The lake is a very photogenic, therefore many young people are fond of taking photos here on a sunny day. You can also take a ride on the Ferris wheel or rent a bike to cycle around the lake.
Highlight: A fantastic place for photography
Opening hours: 06:22-22:00
Location: The intersection of s303 and Shijing Dadao, Baiyun District, Guangzhou
Nearest bus stop: Take bus No. 929, 265, 982 or 983, and get off at Baiyun Lake Park Station or Baiyun Lake Park North Gate Station
Liuhua Lake Park (流花湖公园)
Highlights: Numerous louses and a viewing platform for you to enjoy them
Opening hours: 06:22-22:00
Location: No. 163 Dongfeng Xi Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Nearest metro station: Yuexiu Park Station, Line 2 (Use Exit D or E)
Where to view beautiful lotuses in Guangzhou
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