An Ocean of Flowers in China
January 08, 2014
In the spring, the countryside of Luoping in eastern Yunnan, China turns into an ocean of flowers. It’s that time of the year that the rapeseed flowers (or canola) are in full bloom.
“The blooming buds fill the air with the refreshing smell of spring that not only attracts human, but also bees. The beauty of the yellow sea of rapeseed flowers swaying in slow swirling waves in the gentle breeze is a sight that is out of this world.
“Rapeseed flowers are planted to harvest cooking oil from their seeds after the flowers had withered after their colorful bloom. They are planted all over China but bloom at different times of the year, depending on the temperature of the locations. The rapeseed farms in Luoping are among the largest scale in China. They are normally the ‘first-off-the-block’ every year, followed by those in Guizhou and other provinces.”