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Where to go during Chinese New Year? Southern California’s famous scenic spots are filled with camellias in full bloom and the spring scene is breathtaking.

This is the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, but it isCaliforniaThe coldest time of the year, the flowers wither, butSouthern CaliforniaA famous scenic spot, thousands of camellias are in full bloom. They are the most beautiful colors of this season and a perfect setting for the Spring Festival holidays.

(Video source/Reporter Shao Min)

Los Angeles CountyHuntington Library(Huntington Library) has recently been blooming with attractive camellias, and tourists from far and wide are flocking to enjoy the flowers. The manor is said to have a collection of hundreds of different camellias and about 1,200 cultivated camellia varieties, including Camellia sasanqua, japonica, reticulated tea, winter tea, spring tea and goldenrod. The garden is full of beautiful spring scenery.

Walking along tree-lined paths where camellias are in full bloom, you can see all types of camellias at your fingertips: bright red, exquisite white, delicate pink. Camellia easily falls and withers while blooming, especially during the rainy season. At a glance, the trees are full of flowers. Some tourists deliberately placed fallen petals at the bottom of the tree into a heart, in hopes of preserving this ephemeral beauty.

Tourists use fallen petals to make hearts. (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)


The Huntington Library is filled with charming camellias.  (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)
The Huntington Library is filled with charming camellias. (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)

The Huntington Library is famous for its gorgeous rose garden and wisteria corridor, and the camellia flowers are equally spectacular. Especially when viewing flowers in winter, the snow-clad mountains in the distance and the delicate flowers nearby create a unique artistic concept. Ms. Lin, who had gone to enjoy the flowers, said emotionally that she thought camellias were the most common and could be found everywhere in China. What they didn’t expect was that there were so many varieties, which is a feast for the eyes in a foreign country.

The 50th Annual Camellia Show, sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Association, was recently held in the Huntington Library’s Kids’ Garden. Hundreds of gorgeous flowers were placed on tables in two exhibition halls, which can be seen here. The rare species of Camellia attracts countless tourists standing in queue to see it.

Camellia is native to China, Japan, and East Asia and was brought to the West in the 18th century. The camellia varieties in the Huntington Library include descendants of the oldest camellias known to have come to England, as well as many hybrid varieties of camellias. It is reported that the camellias here are not only widespread, but also include rare camellia species with a long history. Among them, C. japonica californica is believed to be the oldest extant camellia in Southern California.

The reticulated camellias planted in Liuxiang Garden and surrounding areas were first brought to the West from Yunnan, China in 1948. It is a tribute to the Chinese culture of Camellia’s hometown. On the paths in front of the Japanese Garden and the Children’s Garden, camellias of various colors can be seen in bloom everywhere. Walking among camellias in winter and feeling the charm of these magical winter flowers is a rare place to spend the Spring Festival.


50th Annual Camellia Show held at the Huntington Library.  (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)
50th Annual Camellia Show held at the Huntington Library. (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)


You can see some less seen varieties of camellia.  (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)
You can see some less seen varieties of camellia. (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)


Hundreds of camellia species and 1,200 cultivated camellia species are collected here.  (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)
Hundreds of camellia species and 1,200 cultivated camellia species are collected here. (Reporter Shao Min/Photography)

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