No, this post isn’t coming in the most timely manner considering that this topic focuses on an event that will occur early next year. But I came across this recently and wanted to share these pictures. Also, it gives you plenty of time to plan your trip (wink wink).
Early every spring, the blossoming bright yellow fields of rapeseed (canola) flowers of Luoping, in eastern Yunnan Province, China draws flocks of tourists and photographers.
Since 1998, the Luoping Rapessed Flower Festival has drawn a collective figure of nearly 12 million tourists to the small county in Yunnan. The 14th annual Luoping Rapeseed Flower Festival will commence in mid-January 2013 and will last for two and a half months, through the peak season of early March, although the flowers still be in bloom until late June.
The small county of Luoping lies in the relatively underdeveloped eastern part of the province, neighboring Guizhou and Guangxi provinces. It is located approximately 228 km east of the capital, Kunming. Luoping was previously overlooked by tourists passing through the area, who usually headed to the more commercialized tourist attractions in the central and eastern parts of the province.
However, over the past decade, the Luoping has increasingly gained fame as photos of its majestic fields have circulated. The golden rapeseed flowers have promoted tourism and now during the springtime, there are buses that leaves from Kunming every 30 minutes, ferrying tourists to see the fields. The fields have also developed the agricultural products processing industries of Yunnan, which have increased business opportunities to farmers.
Rapeseed flowers are planted to harvest cooking oil from their seeds after the flowers have 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 in China. They are normally the first to bloom every year, followed by those in neighboring Guizhou Province.
Sprawling farmland covered in golden rapeseed flowers stretches right up to the horizon, forming a sea of yellow buds and filling the air with the refreshing smell of spring that not only attracts people, but also bees.
The fields look absolutely beautiful, don’t they?