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Today, let's talk about "Flower World"

    These days, the air in Chengdu is sweet, and the season of sweet-scented osmanthus is here again. A lane related to flowers in Chengdu has become a celebrity in WeChat Moments among people in Chengdu recently.

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    This lane has a moderate "appearance" and a length of only about one kilometer, but it stands out in this season.

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    It is the Sweet Osmanthus Lane on the east side of Kuan Zhai Alley. As indicated from its name, there are quite a number of sweet osmanthus trees in the lane. Decorated by traditional Chengdu tea houses, the lane reminds visitors of the real old fashioned Chengdu life.


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Sweet Osmanthus Lane


    Guihua, literally means sweet osmanthus.If you go now, you can smell the flower even before you enter the lane. If there happens to be a cool breeze carrying the scent, what else can you say except "Wow"? 


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    Talking about sweet osmanthus, the traditional festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, naturally comes to our mind. Many legends about Middle-autumn Festival involve the sweet osmanthus of lasting fragrance. In many places in China, there still remains the tradition of a family getting together for wine and sweet osmanthus flower appreciation on Mid-Autumn Festival.


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    Apart from the charm of the sweet osmanthus flower itself, there are many delicious products made from it.


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Sweet osmanthus flower cake with even sizes and soft and tender texture


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Sweet osmanthus wine with moderate sweet and sour taste


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Sweet osmanthus honey with fresh and sweet but not greasy taste


    In addition to the above three, sweet-scented osmanthus also appears in the process of food production. Osmanthus brown sugar, Osmanthus lotus root...


    In the flower realm, there are a lot of others with multi usages like the sweet osmanthus flower. The most common one is rose:


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Rose essential oil


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Rose tea

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Rose soap


    For sure, there are also seasonal flowers such as Sakura. The products derived from them have strong regional characteristics and cultural attributes, and the "individuality" is certainly distinct:


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Sakura sushi


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Cold sakura noodles


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Sakura water cake


    How do you think about these flowers now? 


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