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Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival-22 March 2020

Time: 2020-01-20 09:55:21

With only 9 weeks until the annually held Peach Blossom Festival is back again in Nyingchi in 2020, this year, the festival operating time is one week earlier than last year, which is confirmed as March 22, 2020. And the venue for opening ceremony is still in Gala Village, which is 17 km from Bayi Town, the city center of Nyingchi. 
Gala Village in Nyingchi
Gala Village in Nyingchi

The celebration events usually include singing and dancing performances of traditional Tibetan style, arrow shooting, and local specialty fair. But the spring scenery still has the honor to be the highlight in this period, with the flowers blooming along the river banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo, and the lofty snowy mountains as the backdrop 

The other best way to experience Nyingchi is to discover the daily life of the locals, such as witnessing how they make threads with traditional spinners, how the spring ploughing would be solemnly initiated, and how the livestock, the companion animals live uncaged with people in beautiful harmony. Short and easy hiking get you opportunity to search for your own secret base to have a quality time with yourself or your travel fellows. 

The average altitude in Nyingchi is 3, 000 meters, 1, 000 meters lower than the average level of the whole Tibet region, making Nyingchi a less-riskier place to have acute mountain sickness. 

Where is Nyingchi: Nyingchi is in the Southwest Tibet, 406 km east of Lhasa by road distance, with the local airport, Nyingchi Mainling Airport (LZY) 50 km from the Downtown Nyingchi.
View of Nyingchi in Tibet
View of Nyingchi in Tibet

Profile and uniqueness of the wild peach tree in Nyingchi
Nyingchi peach is a species endemic to Tibet region, which belongs to Prunus of Rosaceae in plant taxonomy. The scientific name is Amygdalus mira (Koehne) Yu et Lu; And the alternative name is Tibetan peach, or fondly known as wild peach. In Tibetan, the name sounds like Kangbu. 
It is mainly found in Nyingchi, Shannan, Shigatse, and Chamdo in Tibet. March to April is the blooming period and August to September is the fruiting season. 
The lifespan of a Tibetan peach can be thousand years old. The traits of ancient trees can still be detected in this species, which is highly valued by botanists.

The trees are much taller and bigger, in comparison with other peach tree species in Middle China and East China. Their flowers have whitish pink colors and grow intimately close to each other, while those in inland China are with deeper colors and more separately scattered on the branches. Besides, the fruit is bitterer and the kernel is smoother. 
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival
Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

Tips on Nyingchi travel in March and April
We’ve all come to the stage when we were longing to visit a fascinating destination, but the popularity and the seemingly overlarge tourist volume would hold us back. It would be such a shame to miss out a great place and a great vacation. Therefore, finding an off-the-beaten place in that intriguing destination would be such a relief. Or if only we could find the perfect window for visiting the very same place when the attractions remain at its beautiful and the huge tourist troops withdraw. 

To tackle this, check the tips as follows:
1.If you’re visiting during the peak time (around March 2), you’re suggested to seek some less popular yet still beautiful places to enjoy the flowers. That means Gala Village, Suosong Village are not the best options to go. You can travel a little farther to Bomi County or Lang County.
2.The one week before March 22 and the one week after April 5 are the best time to elude the crowds. Because the flower festival hasn’t come yet and most domestic travelers go back to work after the ending of Qingming Festival, a national holiday that is usually from April 3 to April 5.
3.The time order of Nyingch peach flowers coming into blossom in different regions 
1)Lang County (Southwest Nyingchi)
2)Bayi District (in the vicinity of city area of Nyingchi)
3)Bomi County (East of Nyingchi, on the National Road G318)
4)Mainling County (South Nyingchi) 
5)Gongbu Jiangda County (West Nyingchi, on the road connecting Lhasa and Nyingchi)

Accommodation and transportation: Bayi Town, the Downtown Nyingchi, is where there are most options of hotels which are authorized to receive foreign travelers. Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an are the three cities with direct flights to Nyingchi. 
Bome County
Bome County

Nearby attractions worth a visit
Mountains and Forests: Lulang Forest; Mount Namcha Barwa 
Lakes and Rivers: Nyang River (Niyang River); Yarlung Tsangpo Great Canyon (the world’s deepest canyon); Basum Tso Lake (Basum Lake)


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