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The peony, a flower considered by Chinese people to have "ethereal color and celestial fragrance", is flourishing in the eastern city of Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province.

Residents of the port city are flocking to several local ideal locations to admire the "queen of flowers", considered a symbol of prosperity, happiness and good luck in Chinese culture.

The peony flowers in Jiyang Lake Ecological Pake of Zhangjiagang city, Jiangsu province are in full bloom. The flowers sport colorful petals and rich green foliage. [Photo from WeChat account zjgcitynews]

Jiyang Lake Ecological Park

The peony garden, located in the south of the ecological park, is part of the picturesque landscape of Jiyang Lake.

Covering an area of more than 4,000 square meters, the garden is home to some 40,000 peony plants, including several precious species such as "double red with velvet ruby luster".

The flowers vary greatly in color, ranging from red, pink and white to purple, green and black.

The peonies in Liangfeng Ecological Garden form a remarkable landscape painting with the ancient Jiangnan-style garden. [Photo from WeChat account zjgcitynews]

Liangfeng Ecological Garden

Different from the vast seas of flowers in Jiyang Lake Ecological Park, the peony display in Liangfeng Ecological Garden is more like an elegant Jiangnan lady (from south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) set among typical ancient garden views in perfect integration to form a vivid landscape painting.

Within the 1,500-square-meter garden, 42 varieties of peony, including "Angel Cheeks", "Bride's Dream", "Fairy's Petticoat" and "Many Happy Returns", cast beautiful reflections on each other.