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People snapping photos of the blossom in Beijing
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In pictures: Cherry blossom blooms around the world as spring arrives

By Marthe de Ferrer

Spring is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere: which means the beautiful cherry blossom has appeared too!

From Japan to the Netherlands, from China to the US - everyone's favourite springtime sight is here, and it's spectacular as ever.

In Kyoto, Japan - a city famous for its cherry blossom - the bloom has had its earliest peak since 812. It's believed that our warming climate is why blossom is blooming so early this year around the world.

While the cause of the early appearance of cherry blossom isn't the most uplifting thing, looking at photos of this year's bloom is still a wonderful way to spend some time while we can't always see them in person.

Asia

Japan

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Cherry blossom is seen as symbolic of life, death and rebirth in Japanese culture.AP Photo
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An empty bench in the closed zone of Inokashira Park in Tokyo.Philip Fong/AFP
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Although the pandemic has limited people's ability to enjoy this season, people in Japan have still been able to see the blossom in Inokashira Park, Tokyo.Philip Fong/AFP
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The blossom makes for excellent Instagram backdrops for anyone with pets.Philip Fong/AFP
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Blossom also makes for a great selfie backdrop for humans too.Behrouz Mehri/AP Photo

But Japan isn't the only country in Asia with an extraordinary bloom of cherry blossom.

South Korea

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People in South Korea enjoying the cherry blossom.AP Photo
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Under the bloom in a park in Seoul, South Korea.AP Photo

China

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People taking photos at the Yuyuantan Park during a spring festival in Beijing.AP Photo
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Cherry blossom in Beijing.AP Photo

North America

The US

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The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, US.AP Photo
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People sit under Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom around the Tidal Basin in Washington.AP Photo

Europe

The Netherlands

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Visitors to the Cherry Blossom Park in Amstelveen on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Netherlands.AP Photo
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Inside the Netherlands' Cherry Blossom Park.AP Photo

The UK

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A woman runs past a cherry blossom tree in St James Park, central London.AFP

Where else have you spotted cherry blossom this spring? Let us know on Twitter by tagging @euronewstravel.

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