Festival beckons visitors with outdoor activities

The annual Songjiang Spring Outing Festival will run from March 27 to May 20 with a lot of sights and outdoor activities to attract visitors.

The Square Pagoda Park and Zuibaichi Park will put out azalea shows for the 20th year with pink and white flowers everywhere. The Peony Garden in Xinbang Town will display 40,000 peony plants, including 16 that are over 100 years old, from mid-April to mid-May.

The Chenshan Botanical Garden will hold an international exhibition of Chinese roses, displaying more than 800 varieties of roses from late April to late May. Live music performances will be presented on May 13 and 14.

Pet lovers should not miss the pet show at Shanghai Happy Valley, which will have a circus and a succulent plant exhibition from April 10 to May 21.

The Sheshan National Forest Park will hold a bamboo shoot festival to let visitors get a taste of spring. Other agritourism activities include vegetable harvesting, pond fishing, and organic farming classes.