Out of sheer coincidence, I chanced upon a photo of a sea of canola yellow.
It hit me like a vision.
So this was how my spontaneous trip to Wu Yuan began.
I was late, though. By a mere week.
A series of heavy downpours in early April washed my vision away, mercilessly. Most of the canola flowers have vacant themselves from the lowland fields, except a few struggling ones on highland. The superstar in yellow now became a complimentary adornment in the fields of endless green.
What kind of flower is Canola exactly?
Canola is a crop with plants that stand 3-5 feet tall and produce pods from which seeds are harvested and crushed to create canola oil, a type of vegetable oil for household consumption (the canola seeds have high oil content up to 50%). Each stalk also produces a bundle of lovely yellow flowers that blossom from March to August, depending on the region. Other than China, you can also spot spectacular canola fields in Europe, US, Canada, etc. Those I must say, China’s “Canola Tourism” has done a terrific marketing job.
In great cities we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities as people are not populous enough. Hence you see their world there, they are their own worlds. As you follow the century-old pebble road into the unknown, you leave your favourite whimsy behind you.
You understand now why the old townfolks would want to live there forever. Life doesn’t change much here, only colours. And life whirls by as quiet as a murmur… a pure murmuring of life.
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