Bloom Time

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Still bringing you things to love about Beijing in winter.
Number 3: The Flower Market Goes Insane

There’s no better time to go orchid peeping in Beijing than in the period leading up to Chinese New Year. The Lai Tai Flower market near my house has been packed these past few weeks with pre-holiday shoppers. The offerings on sale seem to get more exotic and varied every year. Last week I counted more than 30 different varieties of cymbidium (those are the tall ones with the spiky leaves) during one casual stroll through the stalls–enough to put anyone in a festive mood.