— Three events will kick off in Heze, Shandong province, this month, the Information Office of the Heze Municipal People’s Government announced via a statement.
The events are the 2021 World Peony Conference, the 30th Heze International Peony Cultural Tourism Festival, and the 2021 Heze Cultural Tourism Development Conference.
Heze is known as the Peony Capital of China. Its peony industry has developed in a multi-faceted way, producing a range of peony-based merchandise such as ornamentals, medicines and health products.
Additionally, peony-themed creative and cultural output, such as peony flowers, peony print silk and traditional Chinese peony flower paper-cutting, is also flourishing.
There are nine ornamental peony gardens in Heze, including the Caozhou Peony Garden, Baihua Peony Garden and Chinese Peony Garden.
Cultivation of ornamental peonies in Heze covers some 50,000 mu, mainly peony varieties more suitable for gardens, pot plants and fresh-cut flowers to meet modern market demand for parks and gardens, as well as for flower arrangements.
On the other hand, the peony sector currently provides more than 100,000 jobs in Heze, covering the gamut from peony cultivation to processing and sales.
There have been more than 240 peony cosmetic products, personal hygiene products and food products developed, making it China’s largest export base of peony flowers and associated products.
The Heze Government also launched the Blooming World Peony Series Awards to further promote the development of the peony industry and peony culture and art.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency