Visitors admire Gucun Park’s 12,000 cherry blossom trees yesterday.
NEARLY 230,000 visitors flocked to Gucun Park during the first weekend of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which started on Friday.
With more than 12,000 cherry blossom trees, Gucun Park in Baoshan District has long been a popular place to enjoy the blossoms.
On Saturday, 70,302 people visited the park, and that figure rose to 159,002 yesterday.
With the surge in visitor numbers, more damage is being done than usual.
“We were sorry to see some visitors breaking branches or stepping on the flowers,” said park director Zhang Zhong. “You can almost see a small road appearing in the tulip nursery.
“We hope visitors can help us to maintain the beautiful view for other visitors.”
Some visitors felt the large crowds detracted from their enjoyment of the park.
“I was overwhelmed by the crowd even before I entered,” a netizen, identified as “F1engineV2”, said on Weibo. “A woman standing next to me said it’s like the Spring Festival travel rush. The wave of people flooded everywhere.”
The peak cherry blossom season in Shanghai ends on Friday. But the festival runs until April 15. Meanwhile, Daning Linshi Park in Jing’an District had more than 90,000 visitors yesterday for its tulip exhibition, Shanghai Television Station said.
Other parks in the city, including Shanghai Botanical Garden and the Peach Garden in the Pudong New Area, are also expected to see visitor traffic rise next weekend, as more flower exhibitions are being launched.