In 1986, the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal
People's Congress passed a resolution adopting the white magnolia
as the city flower. The white magnolia is among the few spring
flowers in the Shanghai area. It is in full blossom in early
spring and before the Clear and Bright Festival, which usually
falls on April 5. The flower has large, white petals and its
eye always looks towards the sky. Therefore, the flower symbolizes
the pioneering and enterprising spirit of the city.