The blooming of peony flowers attracts not only little creatures with wings, but also tourists. From the middle of April until the end of the month is the annual Luoyang Peony Festival, which draws local and foreign tourists to China's Luoyang city in Henan province.
Peonies are one of the most admired flowers by Chinese people and it is also regarded as the national bloom. Naturally, peonies have vivid colours such as red, pink, purple, green, yellow or pure white, while some may have dual colours.
It is said that in China peonies were a symbol of love during ancient times. The flowers were used as a token of love among courting couples about 2,000 years ago and today some newly married couples also use them for their wedding ceremonies as hair decoration or in a bride's bouquet. The flower also has another benefit. Since the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC), people have learned how to use them for cooling the body's temperature and boosting blood circulation.
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