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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33492 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-09-28 07:07:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-09-28 07:07:22 [post_content] => MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarkhand, India
The Valley of Flowers, an aptly named national park in India's West Himalayas, is renowned for its meadows of alpine flowers and other flora. The park is located between 3352-3658 metres above sea level in mountain wilderness and is 8km long and 2km wide. The valley is reached by a 14km trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria where its possible to see fields of perfumed wild flowers. The best time to visit is August and September just after the monsoon. [caption id="attachment_33493" align="alignnone" width="800" caption="Pic: Tapuu, Creative Commons"][/caption]
Western Australia
Most people think of Australia's western state as dry, heavy and red but when the rains come the landscape bursts with colour with 12000 species of wildflowers, 60 percent of which are endemic. These can be found across the state in the Midlaands area north of Perth, coastal national parks such as Fitzerald River and Kalbarri, the Stirling Range National Park and the Pilbara. The best time to visit is from June to November. [caption id="attachment_33494" align="alignnone" width="960" caption="Pilbara wildflowers. Pic: outbackspirittours.com.au"][/caption]
Hokkaido, Japan
Japan's northern most prefecture is famous for its snow falls and skiing, but it's also a fantastic place to hike amongst wildflowers, particularly on the islands on its northern tip, Rishiri and Rebun; both part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. The slopes of Rebun are filled with wildflowers and well maintained hiking trails provide excellent viewing opportunities to see these. The best time to visit is between spring and fall.  Other good places to see flowers in Hokkaido include the lavender fields in Furano and tulips in Doto area. [caption id="attachment_33496" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Pic: japan-guide.com"][/caption]
Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal, Eurasia's largest lake, and the world's deepest, needs little introduction although its winter reputation is probably more widely known when the lake freezes over with thick ice. However during summer the temperate shores are incredibly beautiful with rolling grasslands ablaze with brilliant seasonal wildflowers.  Summer is the perfect time for hiking and exploring around the crystalline blue lake taking in the scent of the flowers and visiting charming local villages.
Yunnan and Sichuan, China
Thanks to numerous high alpine valleys and meadows, both Sichuan and its neighbour Yunnan afford numerous wildflower viewing opportunities. So numerous are the places to go its considered a biodiversity hotspot. In Yunnan Tiger Leaping Gorge and Mt Baima are just some of the famous wildflower locations. In Sichuan it is Yading, Mt Balang and Mt Jiajin. Getting to these locations usually affords other amazing opportunities as well such as hiking glacier lakes or fabulous valleys, enjoying local Tibetan culture and taking in fine alpine scenery. [caption id="attachment_33498" align="alignnone" width="922" caption="Pic: chinatravelca.com"][/caption] [post_title] => Going wild on flowers: Asia's best wildflower locations [post_excerpt] => MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => going-wild-on-flowers-asias-best-wildflower-locations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-10-03 05:20:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-10-03 05:20:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33492 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations

Going wild on flowers: Asia’s best wildflower locations
September 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

MOST travellers would not equate Asia with being a good place to see wildflowers, but thanks to some high altitude plateaus and its dramatic change of seasons, there are numerous locations to see profusions of wildflowers. Here are some of these places.

Indonesia hopes to cash in on manta ray tourism

Indonesia hopes to cash in on manta ray tourism
February 22, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

INDONESIA is now the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead.

Beyond the Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘other’ best dive sites

Beyond the Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘other’ best dive sites
September 13, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

A LIST of Australia’s best dive spots normally encompasses sites on the Great Barrier Reef, but while it is world renowned for diving it isn’t the only place to dive in Australia. This list features all the other places to dive you may never have considered on an underwater venture Down Under. And, should you…>

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey
August 19, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

A 230-KILOMETER path traversing the north-east of Cambodia along the fabled Mekong River, the Mekong Discovery Trail is an exciting opportunity to combine cycling and cultural community-based tourism. The trail starts at the Laos border and takes you into the heart of the Mekong, with ample opportunities for homestays in traditional villages and chances to…>

Australia: Eco-tourism growing, but still a niche market

Australia: Eco-tourism growing, but still a niche market
August 13, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

AUSTRALIA is both a Mecca for eco-tourism and within close proximity of other stellar eco-destinations in New Zealand and Southeast Asia. When surveyed, many Aussies responded that they would love a full-on eco-themed holiday, but comparatively few take the initiative to actually go on one. From a press release by Roy Morgan Research: In the…>

Cape York: Eco-adventure and indigenous Australian culture

Cape York: Eco-adventure and indigenous Australian culture
August 5, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

AUSTRALIA’S Cape York Peninsula is located in the far north of the state of Queensland and considered one of the last remaining true wilderness areas on Earth. Though truly untouched nature is hard to find anywhere on the globe, Cape York is home to virtually pristine rainforest, eucalyptus and mangrove forests, undisturbed river networks and…>

Eco-destination: Brunei

Eco-destination: Brunei
July 27, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

WHEN considering places to go in Asia for a spot of eco-tourism, the Sultanate of Brunei is not exactly the first place that jumps to mind. At under 6,000 square kilometers, Brunei is the 5th smallest country in Asia by area and the second smallest by population with 4 million people (the Maldives has slightly…>

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