It’s spring in Beijing, so it’s the season when people love to go to the local park to see flowers in bloom. There are two particularly notable flowers blooming in Beijing. The first is the Japanese Cherry Blossom. The other is the Peonie which is, unofficially, China’s national flower. A few weeks ago I went to Yuyuantan Park to see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom, and more recently I went to Jingshan Park (just north of the Forbidden City, and the site where the last Ming Emperor hung himself) to see the Peonies in bloom. I arrived a bit too early for the Cherry Blossoms and a bit too late for the Peonies, but what can you do? I still saw a lot of beautiful flowers.