In the southern Nansha district of Guangzhou you’ll find a park full of flowers. Millions of them, to be exact (according to the park name).
The Million Sunflower Garden isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a normal garden. If you’re thinking of a peaceful and quiet park – forget that. It feels more like an amusement park with games, rides, playgrounds, balloons, snacks, and a swimming pool. But hey, that’s China for you.
BEFORE YOU GO
Entrance: 150 RMB
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Directions: Take Line 4 to Jiaomen Station. Get on bus 1 or 2 and ride it to the end of the line to 百万葵园 station (about an hour).
Bring: Your camera, favorite Instagram poses, and snacks. (Bonus points if you bring Chinese snacks like spicy dried meat, chicken feet, tofu, bread, corn, and yogurt.)
Once you’re here you should definitely check out:
THIS GIANT COLORFUL BUILDING
I think this is a hotel. It’s a great photo backdrop and there’s a little train you can ride around it for free, too!
ALL THE PHOTO POSSIBILITIES
The park has limitless photo possibilities – winding little paths, bright arbors, colorful houses, and interesting decor (like Marvel characters and Hello Kitty).
Verdict: If you’re looking for a day outside, the Million Sunflower Garden is the perfect place to go. Even with lots of people there I had a great time and was able to take decent shots! It’s also perfect for kids because of all the games and activities they offer.
Who should come: Flower fiends, Instagram models, parents who want to throw their children in a pool or flower maze and leave them there, and those who don’t mind a few people bumping into them.
All jokes aside, this is one of my favorite places I’ve been to in Guangzhou! It’s definitely a unique spot, and after I posted on Wechat about this place I had lots of friends asking me about it!
It did take me two hours to get there and two hours back so it’s not really a place to go on a time crunch, but if you have a day free and time to stroll around and smell the flowers, you should do it.