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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] => 2014-12-17 11:17:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-17 11:17:23 [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.

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia
July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE art of pilgrimage is an age old tradition that is not lost in modern day Asia where it is still possible to follow routes with other pilgrims to holy places such as the source of the River Ganges in India, the holy mountain of Kailash in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries perched on clifftops in…>

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations
June 26, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it’s served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films.

Trekking Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails

Trekking Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails
June 12, 2014 - 1 Comments - Cormac Quinn

IN ancient times it was called the ‘Land of Yomi’, meaning land of the dead, a wilderness of dense cedar forests and high mountain passes, believed to be embedded with spirits of Japanese and Buddhist deities.

Top travel moments of 2013

Top travel moments of 2013
December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM the anniversary of the Everest climb to airways that charge per weight, the release of films that put tourism on the map and lots of travel awards, 2013 has brought a range of tourism experiences to the Asia-Pacific region.  January Qantas Airways passengers between Cairns and Port Moresby watched a large python clinging to…>

5 of the best waterfalls in Asia

5 of the best waterfalls in Asia
November 7, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

WATERFALLS make up some of the most amazing sights on the planet, and that is especially true in Asia. A region of incredible natural beauty, there are a wide range of falls you’ll find on this continent. From limestone rocks you can climb while the water flows around you to jungle falls that will make…>

5 of the best places in Asia for a romantic getaway

5 of the best places in Asia for a romantic getaway
October 21, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THOUGH places like France and Italy are often lauded as ideal for romantic getaways, Asia is no slouch in the romance department either. From white sand beaches to rivers dotted with karst peaks to jungle retreats, it’s a continent full of beauty and opportunities for making memories with your significant other. Krabi, Thailand Land in…>

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