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You Can Fly Paragliders to See Rapeseed Flowers in Tongnan This Year

By TRUMAN PENGICHONGQING|Feb 22,2021

Chongqing – The 14th Chen Tuan’ Hometown Rapeseed Flower Festival is set to kick off in the northwestern district of Tongnan on February 26, according to a press conference of the district government at the Chongqing People’s Building on Saturday.

A bird’s eye view of the Bagua Diagram and patterns showing Taichi movements in the Chen Tuan’s Hometown scenic area.

“Since its first edition some 13 years ago, the Chen Tuan’s Hometown Rapeseed Flower Festival has become a name card for Tongnan’s success in developing rural tourism,” said Liu Yumei, vice mayor of the Tongnan District People’s Government, at the press conference.

As the northwesternmost district of Chongqing that borders Sichuan Province’s Suining City, Tongnan enjoys a mild year-round climate and has been hailed as China’s “home of rapeseed” since ancient times.

A mini-train carrying tourists runs through the rapeseed flower field.

Other than the traditional sightseeing means of touring boats, mini trains, and helicopters, Chen Tuan’s Hometown’s scenic area has also added paragliding options for visitors to better appreciate the rapeseed flower fields creating a comprehensive “water, land, and air” all-terrain sightseeing system.

According to authorities from the district’s culture and tourism commission, the colorful rapeseed flowers will continue to be the highlight of this year’s event, with the plantation area already stretching to some 333,333 square meters.

A statue of Chen Tuan, who was once a legendary Daoist sage, is set up on top of a hill overseeing the rapeseed flower fields below.

The core scenic spot of the 236-meter-long “Bagua Diagram,” which is a traditional Daoist diagram of eight combinations of three lines believed to be a useful tool for fortunetelling and divination rituals, will be decorated with wheat and rapeseed flowers in an effort to leave a strong visual impression on tourists.

What’s more, this year’s event also features a 10,000-square-meter flower maze and a 200-meter-long speed roller-skating track, said a local official with the Chongkan Town Government.

The colorful rapeseed flowers are seen in front of a village in Tongnan District.

In recent years, Tongnan District has been actively pushing for the integrated development of rural tourism and agriculture. The Chen Tuan’s Hometown Rapeseed Flower Festival is one of the most successful rural revitalization cases that has gained national and even international popularity.

The Chen Tuan’s Hometown scenic area has been listed as “China’s Most Beautiful Rapeseed Flower Field,” “Chongqing’s Top 10 Tourist Destination for Spring,” “National Top 10 Most Popular Flower Viewing Resort.” It was officially listed as a National AAAA Level Scenic Area in 2020.

A more recent photo of Chen Tuan’s Hometown scenic area shows the rapeseed flowers are still yet to blossom.

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