The best places to view cherry blossoms - some much closer to home
Spring time is fast upon us, and our side of the globe is getting its famously pretty-in-pink makeover. For those of you planning your sakura-viewing schedule, it's time to get started - especially if you're hoping to catch the popular blooms in Japan.
For the rest, you'll be glad to know that Japan doesn't have the monopoly on cherry blossoms. There are plenty of other hotspots around the world - some much closer to Singapore - that will start bursting into pink at other times of the year, so start scheduling these places into your travel calendar.
8. London, United Kingdom
When: Mid-March to early-April or early-May
Cherry blossoms may not be a common sight in London, but they are definitely there – if you know where to look. Locals have found groves of sakura trees in Regent’s Park, which reaches even outside into the avenue along Chester Road.
The trees along the avenue were newly planted last year and are now a new species of cherry tree grown in Belgium called Sunset Boulevard, which are taller and stand more upright than regular cherry trees.
Another spot to look out for that was still blossoming in May last year is Greenwich Park. This avenue of flowers can be found beyond the Maritime Museum’s observatory, up the hill at the back of Ranger’s House.