Unlike some other countries, China doesn't have a national flower. Many people favor the peony, which is often said to be the unofficial national flower of the country due to its popularity with residents.
The peony is an ornamental plant that originated in China. Empress Cixi of the Qing Dynasty said that the peony was the national flower of China, building a garden at the Summer Palace in 1903 to commemorate it. However, it was never officially listed as the country's flower.
In an unofficial survey conducted by China's Ministry of Commerce in 1994, the tree peony received the most votes as being the country's favorite.