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Distinctive townships in Yiyuan, fairyland of blossoms

2017/4/18 15:19:53   source:sdchina.com

Yiyuan county in Zibo is full of mountains.

Starting from the county seat, first advancing to the west then turning towards the southeast, in the deep mountain area along Nancui-Line lie Yiyuan’s three distinctive towns, namely, Yanya township, the town of cherry, Xili township, the town of juicy peach and Zhongzhuang township, the town of apple.

The miles of peach gardens, cherry valleys and apple mountains create an elegant oil painting, exquisite and fabulous, along with the romantic legend of The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid.

Yanya, the town of cherry

Located 12-kilometer away from the county seat of Yiyuan, Yanya township has a population of 30 thousand and covers an area of 126 square kilometers. The planting area of fruit amounts to 45,000 mu, with cherry taking up 67 percent of the total area.

Yanya township boasts convenient transportation and abundant tourism resources. The forest coverage rate reaches 67 percent.

The romantic legend of The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid, originated here, was added to the list of national-level intangible cultural heritages in 2008. China’s only remains of ancient buildings themed on this legend lie here.

In 1992, Yanya started to grow cherry, the first in Zibo. The planting of cherry entered the era of comprehensive development since 1997. Currently, 95 percent households grow cherry in the town and over 20 varieties of cherry are cultivated. In Jan. 2014, Yiyuan Cherry was approved as a geographical indication by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.

Yanya cherry is large, with brilliant color and good taste, and easy to store and transport. It sells well in over 20 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Liaoning.

Xili, the town of juicy peach

Xili town located in the southernmost of Zibo covers an area of 123 square kilometers and is the home to 49,000 people. It is a big town of the Hui people, owning over 2,300 Huis.

It is also the hometown of Zhu Yanfu, China’s first “Model of the Time”. An education and publicity base has been set up in Zhangjiaquan village to publicize the stories of Zhu Yanfu. At the same time, 9 agricultural production spots have been elaborately built.

Reputed as the Hometown of Chinese Peach, Xili town has formed a planting layout of miles of peaches, apples, grapes and Chinese prickly ash, with an annual output of 75 million kilograms of fresh peaches, 60 million kg apples, 40 million kg organic grapes and 25 million kg dry and fresh fruits.

A peach garden-themed scenic spot, Luzhong Peach Garden Scenic Spot, has been built based on Zhu Yanfu education and publicity base and peach production base. It covers a total area of over 20,000 mu. At the same time, Xili town have fostered a series of holistic tourist projects including peach blossom sightseeing, halal food tour and peach picking activity.

Zhongzhuang, the town of apple

Zhongzhuang town lies in the south of Yiyuan county with a population of 31,000 residents. It is the standardized production base of national green food(red Fuji apple) and one of the top 100 towns of quality apple production.

Of the 55,000 mu of fruit and forest, the growing area of apple is 45,000 mu, cherry 8,000 mu and that of peach, grape and strawberry is 2,000 mu. The output of fruits in Zhongzhuang exceeds 120 million kg yearly.

Zhongzhuang apple, with bright colore and thin skin, is juicy and crispy. It has been awarded with over 40 honorary titles. It is also the A-level green agricultural product and national brand product.

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