Now is good time to view rape flowers in Luoping county, Yunnan

05/03/2015
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Luoping is one of the best places for rape flowers (cole flowers) viewing in China. The Luoping Rape Flower Festival opened on Feb. 8th and will last to Apr. 23th this year. There will be many festivities holden during the period, including some folk performances, a photography competition, a food festival, a singing contest, etc.

Two Bouyei Girls in Rape Flowers

Two Bouyei Girls in Rape Flowers

In February and March of each year, Luoping rape flowers planting in the 200,000 mus of fields are in full bloom in the basin of Luoping. Looking widely, the sprawling farmlands are covered in golden yellow rape flowers stretching as far as the eyes can see, all the way to the horizon. 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 rape flowers swaying in slow swirling waves in the gentles breeze is a sight that is out of the world. Luoping is also an important area of bee reproducing in spring and a processing base of bee products.

How to get there?

Luoping county is about 230 kilometers away from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, about 80 kilometers away from Xingyi City of Guizhou Province. The National Highway G324 and Nanning-Kunming railway run through the city. From Kunming to Luoping, it will take you 3 hours 20 minutes by car, 3.5 hours by train, 4 hours by long-distance bus from Kunming East Passenger Station.

Rape Flowers Farmland of Luoping, Yunnan

Rape Flowers Farmland of Luoping, Yunnan

Where to enjoy rape flowers?

There are three recommended locations to enjoy the golden yellow rape flowers: Golden Rooster Hills (Jinji Lin, 金鸡岭), Snail farms (螺蛳田) at Niujie (牛街), Hundred Thousand Hills (Shiwandashan, 十万大山).

1. Golden Rooster Hills

Golden Rooster Hills is perhaps the most popular spot for rape flowers viewing in Luoping. It is located only a few kilometers outside of Luoping county. The landscape here is flat, dotted by a few little hills. The flatness allows the gentle breeze to move the flowers in mesmerizing sways. For photographers, they can climb up the hills for better angle and panorama of the whole rape flowers landscapes.

Get there: take a Taxi at Luoping county to get there.

Rape Flowers of Snail farms at Niujie

Rape Flowers of Snail farms at Niujie

2. Snail farms at Niujie

Niujie is a few kilometers to the north of Luoping county. The farms here are of smaller scale. The flowers are grown in circular rings following the contours of the slopes. If viewing from the higher ground, these farms looks like the rings of a snail’s shell, similar to rice terraces in corkscrew patterns.

Get there: Niujie is only a very small town, and there is no regular transportation. But it is easier to take a taxi to Niujie.

Rape Flowers of Hundred Thousand Hills

Rape Flowers of Hundred Thousand Hills

3. Hundred Thousand Hills

The Hills are located about 15 kilometers outside of Luoping county. The farms are all along both sides of the country road, up and down the slopes, dotted with little settlements and hamlets. If one climb up to any higher vantage points, he or she can get the attractive panorama of yellow foreground with settlements in the middle and backed by mountains in the background.

Get there: One can only take a minibus to Duoyi River Park at Luoping Bus Station.