Monday, April 13, 2015

Shrek Loves Jinhae Cherry Blossoms

As part of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom festival, the city's stream is transformed into a magical walkway. Branches of cherry trees bowed down towards the stream, weighed down by its many blossoms. Rapeseed flowers framed both sides of the shallow stream. Sections along the 1.5km long walkway were decorated with suspended umbrellas, bicycles, and colorful hearts. Another section featured paper lanterns in the shapes of animated characters from Shrek and Madagascar. These displays must look equally dazzling when illuminated at night. 

 Needless to say, the walkways were already rather crowded at 7:30 AM, but that would intensify as the day went on. It was a favorite spot for couples, quite a number of which wore matching his/her outfits (top, pants, and even shoes). With around a million visitors flocking to Jinhae for the festival, vendors selling corn dogs, cotton candy, coffee, ice cream, and Korean snacks must do quite well. For romantics and photographers alike, it was indeed a beautiful scene to behold - despite the crowd.

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