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A Canadian In Beijing: Spring in Beijing
The trees have begun to blossom on campus. I learned the name of this first flower today: "yu lan hua" or "Jade Orchid." The purple ones (pictured) are called "zi yu lan hua." (There are other colours too.) They're stunning. I wanted to crawl inside this one in yesterday's early evening light.
There's something about spring blossoms that makes people smile. I have seen countless students posing for photographs in front of these orchids and other blossoming trees around campus. I have seen people with flowers in their hands and grins on their lips.
Spring is emergence, no matter what country you're in.
Emerging to inhale the fragrant smell of spring – that's what we're all doing. Even in Beijing (where the pollution masks most smells), the blossoms are sending greetings to me through my window. It's a free ride on the crisp April breeze and it's finding me here,