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Xiaolanzhen Chrysanthemum Festival
You are in for a treat if you plan to visit the Xiaolan area of Zhongshan, China during November. Prepare to be blown away by the sheer volume of brilliantly-colored chrysanthemums that decorate parks all over the city. Workers prepare for weeks before each festival, meticulously weaving flowers into mesh sculptures of animals and lining park walkways with tiered displays. As a resident of the city, I had no problem getting to and from the festival during the weeks it was open. However, plan to do a lot of walking, especially if you visit during the opening days. The festival is popular, and the parks can get very crowded. Evenings can be just as busy, but it is worth braving the crowds to see the flower displays lit up. As with any good festival, there are street vendors located around the parks selling local treats and souvenirs. I found that dumplings-to-go could quickly ease tired feet and appease hungry bellies. This is an impressive festival, and I repeatedly found myself in awe as I walked through what felt like paradise.
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