Climate change takes odd forms, but for government officials in Shaanxi province it has proven a particular headache this month. According to the China News Service, a much vaunted ‘Peach Blossom Festival’ was held to attract tourists on April 8, but due to an “abnormal climate” the famed flowers had failed to blossom. Horticultural experts were predicting the blossom would arrive a week late. That was a disaster for the festival’s organisers in Tongchuan City, as 5,000 tourists were already booked to visit. So a ‘Made in China’ solution was arrived at. If Mother Nature couldn’t deliver blossoms, then a local factory would. Plastic flowers were instead tied to branches. A local bureacrat told the news agency that the pragmatic decision was taken as it would have been impossible to reschedule the heavily publicised event. Artificial flowers were tied to branches “in order not to let tourists down and enable them to take photographs”.
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