Flame trees (鳳凰木), also known as delonix regia or literally 'phoenix tree' in Chinese, are in full blossom in the city's parks and roadsides recently. The leaves of flame tree look like the feathers of the mythical phoenix, while its flowers resemble the phoenix's coronet, which is how it got its Chinese name.
Flame trees (Photo: Steven Yuen)
On sunny days, many locals visit flame trees hot spots across the city to take photos of the amazing foliage and blossom or more often than not pose for selfies. The flame trees are only in flower for a short time, until early June, so don't wait around if you want to see them yourself.
The following is a list of Guangzhou's top spots to get some great snaps of the magnificent trees in bloom:
People take photos of the flame tree at Haiyin Bridge. (Photo: Zhang Guanjun)
The most photogenic spot: Haiyin Bridge (海印橋)
The most beautiful green space: Ersha Island (二沙島)
Flame trees are seen on the roadsides of Baiyun Dadao Nan. (Photo: Wu Weihong)
Avenues: Baiyun Dadao Nan, near Guangzhou Gymnasium (白云大道南，廣州體育館附近) & Xinjiao Zhong Road (新滘中路)
Parks: Baiyun Mountain (白云山), Yuexiu Park (越秀公園), Liuhuahu Park (流花湖公園), Huanghuagang Park (黃花崗公園), Tianhe Park (天河公園), Zhujiang Park (珠江公園), Haizhu Lake Park (海珠湖公園), Guangzhou Zoo (動物園), Martyrs' Park (烈士陵園) & Dongshanhu Park (東山湖公園)
Author: Monica Liu
Video: Steven Yuen
Editor: Simon Haywood