CP and the talented multilingual interpreter Tsagaanshuhert Monhceceg (Japanese, Mongolian and English), pictured here together in Beijing around the time of the Spring Flower Festival. Although cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower, in the early 20th Century Japan began presenting flowering cherry trees as gifts to other countries. During the 1970s cherry trees were sent to northern China (now The Cherry Blossom Garden, north-west of Yuyuantan Park) and of course also to Beijing. 1 May 2013. Photograph courtesy of L.Sampel.