I always wanted to be in the midst of the golden sea of canola flowers. The most famous in China is located in Luoping County, Yunnan, covering 13,300 hectares of canola flowers. It blossoms most beautifully from every Jan-Feb.
However, I missed the Luoping Canola season. This April, I decided to catch the candola flowers in Anshun County (安顺), Guizhou with my friend Patricia. Anshun is located south-western of Guizhou province. We took a 6hrs train from Kunming north-east direction (running at 50-60km/hour). We plan to visit Yunfeng Eight Village (云峰八寨屯堡) and Canola Fields (油菜花)
We took a 14:00hr train, supposed to reach by 20:00hr. It was raining towards Anshun hence; we were delayed for 2 hours in the train. By the time we reached Anshun, it was already 22:00hr.
The following day, we took a local bus to Anshun East Bus Terminal and purchased a ticket to Le Ping (乐平). The bus driver was kind, to tell us where to stop in 乐平 and walked through a backdoor. We need not pay our entrance fee (RMB 70) to Yunfeng Eight Village.
It is a very small town and we strolled 45 minutes around 云峰八寨屯堡. She is traced back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and has been fortified by stone constructions.
The 屯堡 women's costumes and accessories are beautiful. Knee-length robes with wider sleeves are typical of Tan Bao women's dressing styles. The robe's neckline, cuffs and front are embroidered with colourful designs. They are very good in their embroidery.
Mostly old folks still stayed at 八寨屯堡. While the women were busy, the old men were enjoying their ciggie.
Thereafter, we asked the locals for directions to the canola fields. It is apparently a 10 minutes’ walk upwards from the main entrance of Yunfeng Eight Village. We were absolutely awed by the beautiful golden sea of canola flowers fields. She is so beautiful.
We were happily taking photos of the canola flower fields the entire afternoon and took the last bus at 6pm from 乐平 to Anshun. The day, we will head for Huangguoshu National Park.
Tip 1: You can buy train ticket online via www.ctrip.com from Kunming to Anshun. Remember to bring your passport. If you are late, the ticket you purchased are changeable within the first 2 hours.
Tip 2: Bring snacks & instant noodles for your long train ride. There is hot water in the train. They also sell local Chinese food via push cart.