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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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