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Hundred pomegranate trees

There are hundreds of pomegranate trees stand in different forms and postures inside the hotel. They are all over 60 years old, some are over hundred years old. These trees came from a farm in Shandon, there fruit became less tasty because of the age, but the ruby fire balls become an unique decoration of the hotel.

In traditional Suzhou folklore, the pomegranate flowers were a symbol of Zhongkui (Ghost catcher) which is also the flower god of May. The fiery flowers shape like ruby bells, the Chinese describes charming ladies as “head over heals under the pomegranate skirt”. The trees would start fruiting around September, which also bring a symbol of prolific family, so the fruit is very popular in ceremonies of wedding and child’s birthday.