Kapok is a kind of tropical tree found in southern China, and known to Chinese people as mu mian, “cotton tree”. In 1982, kapok flower was chosen to become the official flower of Guangzhou.
People in Guangzhou have long been growing kapok trees, using its cotton to make clothes and its flowers to make herbal tea. Locals dry kapok flowers to preserve them, believing that they are good for health when living in hot and humid places.
In March, kapok flowers are in full bloom across the city and can easily be admired in Yuexiu Park, Martyrs’ Park, Tianhe Park, and along many main avenues. The oldest kapok tree is over 300 years old and located near the Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall.