New name and new venue for Putrajaya floral festival 2015.
New admission fees of RM5 for Malaysian, and higher rate for foreigner. In return, visitors will be rewarded with 500,000 flora (100 species) and opportunity to exercise leg muscle.
The weather is so hot that both the visitors and the flora are dehydrated.
Flora is one of the popular Chinese New Year decoration.
On our way from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur, we stopped by Sungai Buloh, the famous flora back garden of the city.
80% of the flower shops are closed, and more should be opening for business tomorrow.
You could see more flora before Chinese New Year.
“Orchid – Tropical Treasure” is the theme of Floria 2013 at Putrajaya.
Today is the beginning of the 9 days flower and garden festival (22 to 30 June 2013).
My past experience tell me that the flowers may not last for 9 days.
I was lucky to spot some beautiful flora during the short visit to the low altitude mountains (2,000m~3,000m) and cities.
Flowers always bloom wilder in cooler climate.
I tried my best to adjust the camera angles to present the better aspect of Taiping Lake Gardens.
I would avoid those dried up lotus ponds, drains and lakes.
Sometimes it is hard to understand what the authority was thinking. The local council planned to construct a RM3.6 million food kiosks and souvenir stores underneath the precious rain trees.
You could see the blue fence with a construction signage on the left. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has expressed the concern that the construction might damage the root system of the iconic rain trees. After a huge public protest in August 2012, the local council finally decided to move the construction site to another part of the lake gardens.
Personally, I think people want a green park and not some tourist kiosks that often being abandoned (after spending millions).
This year, many places in Malaysia were beautified by the arrival of the ‘Tropical Sakura’. I did not manage to take any good photos because it is already end of season.
I took a few snapshots while waiting for colleagues on this weekend.