Taihu Lake Plum Blossom Festival
Taihu Lake Plum Blossom Festival, launched in 1997, has already seen the 14th celebration in 2010. The festival is the largest tourism festival of SuzhouCityin early spring, and is also the most influential and brand-effecting tourism festival in the Suzhou Taihu Lake National Tourist Resort. There are two main plum blossom watching areas, which areWoodHousePlumSeaandGuangfuFragrantSnowSea. The former isChina’s largest plum watching base and the activity center of the plum culture in the country, with the Jiafu Pavilion as the best place for appreciation; the latter has the longest history of plum watching with profound and deep cultural heritage and a reputation as “Fragrant Snow plum blossom tops the word”. Emperor Qianlong had visitedGuangfuFragrantSnowSeafor six times to watch plum blossoms.