'Appreciating flowers' carried out differently in the West and East

After the long development of human civilization reached a certain level, going to "appreciating flowers" eventually evolved into a group activity. Looking at this activity from a cultural perspective, there are some marked differences in how it is carried out in the West and East. In the West, people go appreciate flowers when there are exhibitions for them, while in China, it is a long-standing traditional custom. 

During China's long agricultural history, the ancients developed a strong and delicate feeling for plants, especially the beauty of flowers. At the same time, the nature-loving society also created huge market demand for flower cultivation. Therefore, since the Song Dynasty, no matter if it was imperial or private gardens, a variety of newly cultivated flowers rose to the fore. Ancient floriculturists even built special supporting structures to help grow flowers. 

Nearly 300 exquisite cultural relics are now on display in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, showcasing the grand past of China's Bronze Age civilization. The exhibition gathers relics such as wares made from gold, jade, and sea shells from 32 museums and cultural institutions in Southwest China, covering a period of time from the Neolithic age to the Qin (221BC-206BC) and Han (206BC-AD220) dynasties. 

Read more at globaltimes.cn

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