We continue to travel around the world in search of the most colorful places. We found the brightest and most beautiful places on our planet in Japan, China, the Netherlands and the Philippines. Enjoy watching!

 

Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the most famous parks in the world. Glory to the flower paradise was brought by amazing trees – wisteria. Photos of hanging lianas with luxurious flowers spread all over the world and attracted thousands of tourists to Japan.

Wisteria (or wisteria) is a vine that prefers to wrap itself around supports. Another tree, a gazebo, a wall of a building can serve as a support. Wisteria blooms in large hanging clusters that emit a sweet, unique aroma that attracts insects, especially bees.

The park is located on the island of Honshu in Japan. It covers an area of ​​8,2 hectares and is famous for its variety of wisteria species, which are usually in full bloom in early May, two weeks later than Tokyo wisteria blooms.

Ashikaga Park is considered one of the best places to see wisteria in bloom in Japan, the flowers in the park are planted very closely and create very beautiful and whimsical arrangements. The center of all flower arrangements are wisterias. The park has 4 century-old wisteria and about 160 60-year-old wisteria, as well as 1500 azaleas over 60 years old.

For century-old wisteria, special frames have been created to support huge purple-blue umbrellas. There are four such pavilions. There is also a long white wisteria tunnel, and the kingusari yellow broom tunnel will take many more years to become a tunnel.

 

Rice Terraces of Banayu, Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces

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Banaue Rice Terraces

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Banaue Rice Terraces

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Banaue Rice Terraces

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Banaue Rice Terraces

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The Banaue Rice Terraces are rice fields that have been carved into the mountains of Ifugao Province in the Philippines (Banayu Municipality). They were created over 2000 years ago.

Rice terraces are located on the island of Luzon in the northern part of the Philippine archipelago. They are built on very steep slopes, exactly follow the natural contours of the slopes, and reach great heights. In addition, the terraces are characterized by a well-developed irrigation system.

Of all the rice terraces in the Philippine Cordillera, the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes five clusters, recognized as the most beautiful and well preserved. But the Banai Rice Terraces were not included in the World Heritage Site due to the presence of numerous modern structures, which lowers the score in the criteria for assessing the integrity of UNESCO.

In addition to rice cultivation, another branch of the economy is widely developed here – tourism. The tourism industry has developed a range of activities for visitors to Banai, which will include traditional tours of the high terraces and visits to local tribes at the foot of the terraces.

Interesting fact

The Banai Rice Terraces are part of the final scene of Avengers: Infinity War, where the film's main villain Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) emerges from a small cabin and watches the sunset against the backdrop of mountains and rice fields.

 

Keukenhof Park, Netherlands

Keukenhof Park, known as the Garden of Europe

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Keukenhof Park, known as the Garden of Europe

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Keukenhof Park, known as the Garden of Europe

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Keukenhof Park, known as the Garden of Europe

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Keukenhof Park, known as the Garden of Europe

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Keukenhof Park is the royal flower park in the Netherlands. Also known as the Garden of Europe. Located between Amsterdam and The Hague in the small town of Lisse. The park is open to visitors every year from about the 20th of March to the 20th of May.

Keukenhof Park is located on 32 hectares of land. About 7 million bulbs (hyacinths, crocuses, daffodils, hazel grouses, muscari) are grown on this territory. Of these, about 4,5 million tulips of one hundred varieties. There are also about 90 species of trees.

The park consists of three greenhouses:

  1. Willem-Alexander Pavilion – amaryllis, hyacinths, hydrangeas, lilies, potted plants and bulbous flowers in pots are grown here;
  2. Pavilion Oranje-Nassau – freesias, gerberas, roses, tulips, irises, alstroemerias, daffodils, chrysanthemums, callas and carnations are grown here;
  3. The Beatrix Pavilion is the personal pavilion of the princess of the Netherlands, it is located in the northernmost part of the park, not far from the mill, it houses orchid displays.

The idea of ​​creating an amusement park for flowers, while also making a profit from sales, appeared with flower growers and exporters in the 1940s. It was decided to create a visual exposition for the flower trade. They began to grow not only tulips, but also daffodils, hyacinths, Japanese sakura. The park was presented to the world in 1949, when entrepreneurs and exporters of bulbous flowers organized an open-air flower exhibition here.

Separately, it is worth mentioning the ancient mill, which is located in the park. It was built in 1892 in the Dutch city of Groningen. The original purpose was to use a mill to pump water out of the polder. In 2008, restoration work was carried out with the mill. Since then, it has been located in the park as an open-air museum, and everyone can observe the internal structure of a classic Dutch mill.

 

Red Lands, China

Dongchuan Red Lands

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Dongchuan Red Lands

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Dongchuan Red Lands

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Dongchuan Red Lands

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The Dongchuan Red Lands are located in Dongchuan, China, in Yunnan Province. These lands got their name because of the reddish-brown soil, which is saturated with iron oxide.

Interesting fact

The Red Lands become redder after rain, and also after being plowed by farmers.

The unusual flavor is complemented by agricultural land where corn, rice, potatoes and many other crops are grown.

Tourists rarely visit Krasnye Zemlya due to their remoteness from the city, however, for passionate photography lovers, this place is a real paradise, for which it is worth traveling a long distance.

The Red Lands of Dongchuan resemble a huge canvas woven from colorful patches. Here, under a bright blue sky, red, green, yellow, white and other colors are brought together. The area of ​​this territory is 1674 km².

 

Hitsujiyama Park, Japan

Hitsujiyama Park

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Hitsujiyama Park

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Hitsujiyama Park

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Hitsujiyama Park

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Hitsujiyama Park

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Hitsujiyama Park is located in Chichibu, Japan. The park is famous for its phlox flowers, which bloom here from mid-April to early May.

The park covers an area of ​​300 hectares. About 400,000 bushes of these flowers of 9 species grow in it, covering an area of ​​​​1,76 hectares with a carpet. When all of them bloom, the lawns turn into a huge beautiful pink carpet, which attracts many visitors.

During flowering, a festival of flowers takes place here, where you can see not only huge flower beds, more like multi-colored carpets, but also all kinds of “blooming” sculptures.

The name of the park Hitsujiyama literally means "Sheep Mountain". This is due to the fact that sheep used to be raised here, although a few sheep can still be seen in the park today. The park also has a few other great spots (sheep ranches, tennis courts, etc.), but most visitors come to see the phlox bloom, which is called shibazakura in Japan.

Entrance to the park is paid only during flowering. The rest of the time you can visit the park for free. Depending on the season, you can see cherry blossoms or Japanese irises here.

 

Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

 

Rice Terraces of Banayu, Philippines

 

 

Keukenhof park, Holland

 

Red Lands, China

 

Hitsujiyama Park, Japan