Hibiscus, the Highlights and History of the City

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-11-12

Hibiscus was named as the city flower of Chengdu in 1983, and the city’s other name Rong Cheng, actually means the Hibiscus City.
While the city of Chengdu is known to the world for its giant pandas, spicy cuisine, leisure lifestyle and promising career prospects, not many people come to notice that the plant of hibiscus has played an important role in shaping the history, the cultural ethos and even the life styles of the city.
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers, which are usually large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with colors from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow.
The fact is that hibiscus was named as the city flower of Chengdu in 1983, and the city’s other name Rong Cheng, actually means the Hibiscus City.

In local history, hibiscus first rose to fame during the Five Dynasties Ten States period (907-960 AD), when the post-Shu emperor Meng Chang, then the governor of most of Sichuan, ordered hibiscus trees to be planted in the ity and along the city walls. During the flowering season, the trees on the long city walls blossomed and made a splendid sight that “looked like a long brocade screen”. Hence Chengdu has been nicknamed the Furong Cheng (Hibiscus City), or Rong Cheng for short.
There is still a small lane only about 60 meters long in the city named as Furong Alley (Hibiscus Alley), because of a tall aged hibiscus tree standing by the road side.
The hibiscus flower is also often seen on Shu Embroidery, an elaborate silk needlework produced in Chengdu and neighboring areas and one of the four schools of embroidery in China.
The climate and environments of Chengdu provide perfect conditions for hibiscus and the plant is cultivated as the landscape shrubs in quite many places of the city. When hibiscus is in full bloom in autumn, there are hibiscus shows and related activities in the city that attract visitors to appreciate the beauty of the flowers. The best period for hibiscus appreciation is from September to November, and the sites include Xinhua Park, People’s Park, Wenhua Park (Cultural Park), Baihuatan Park, Chengdu Botanical Garden and so on.
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