To Blossom Rape Flowers, is to blossom homesickness
by Deng Chonggang
"In the enriched fields in the spring nights, the best experience is to be engaged in the scene of rape flowers". In the March of this spring, the sound of blossoming of ten thousand mu (translator commenting: a traditional unit in China) from Santaisanyuan County and Longshu County. Rape flowers bloom out like a military, with magnificent suits. Therefore, Sanyuan and Longshu host the festivals for rape flowers, for the spring. I am still marching at the speed of life in a modern city, hushing like in the wind.
Sanyuan and Longshu in the morning are incredibly quiet, to an extent that you can only hear the rapes’ blooming. Ring-shaped Weicheng River is a little anciently simple, hiding the water’s murmurs under the river, leaving the only quiet time to the rape flowers. Occasionally there is a boat passing by, the smooth arc left on the surface of the water is like a drop of water falling on the lotus leaves - full and quiet, it seems that the brush on the picture giving a light paint, making the rape with unlimited poetry sentiments. "Frosts make it hard to pass the cold days; whilst the spring wind make everything turn yellow"; when the warm sunshine instantly arrives, the whole earth begins to become warmer and warmer, brilliantly golden. The sound of the flowers began to be covered by a variety of blossoming; the sunlight alarms the mud, weeds, rape branches and leaves, to give out a charming flavor, which is rare in modern cities. When I breathe deeply, I enjoy and comfortable to absorb this flavor after a long-time missing; as the heart of the waves up, it especially makes me homesick.
Rape is very innocent, even the emperor thought ‘she’ is solid and sincere - "yellow calyx and green leaves are thick, making oils for thousands of families in villages." Golden flowers are indicating the unique fragrance of the oil production houses; green leaves in the high branches are showing the happiness of dark faces when harvesting after a long period of hard working. Rape, not more fragrant than narcissus, not wealthier than peony, not more passionate or attractive than roses. She is not "wild flowers", she is entirely an innocent and simple smile. She will not express, will only blossom; she only leaves slight smell, not sweeter than honey; she knows the rules, can stand with the loneliness. Rapes are just like the village surrounded by them, leaving the whole world as a homeland with only one color. Where the villagers can keep their eyes on the old house, sitting on their old benches; open the door to see the flowers; shake their legs to get rip off the soil, leisurely watching the grandchildren playing around their knees (translator commenting: to see grandchildren playing around one’s knees is a Chinese saying, describing the happiness and feeling of enjoy the happy life with the whole family). When children in the cities are engaged with a variety of learning materials or tuitions, there would be still a fun of "children hurrying after the butterfly, which flies into the rape flowers leaving no traces." Living in the fast world, walking with quick moves, can we keep a slow life with "nostalgia" at the bottom of our heart? I have already slow down the pace with no intention, to stay and sit beside the rape field, just want to cleanse my "nostalgia", wishing I can also obtain the happiness like the locals.
Today, more and more people are looking for "nostalgia". The rape flowers and wheat fields in Sanyuanzhongshan Village made a specially combined scenery. People there make up scarecrows, repair the old houses or temples in middle of Sichuan, establish micro-film attractions, children's playground, play with water boats, hike outdoor, take forest adventure or have a wild fishing. All kinds of wild interest came into being, Lushu painted the dragon totem without predetermined intention. The Jinzhong mountain make people think of the Mountain’s Green by an ancient local Deng Yuping, think of his close and intensive relationship of century love with his peer Bai Mei, which is unchangeable but hard to meet. The life is changing, but the nostalgia is not changed. In the season of rape flowers’ blooming, nostalgia is to miss the hide and seek inside the flowers, is to encounter with a true lover, is to chat with an old friend in the fields and is the flower changed by the homesickness of a traveler, ‘blossoming on your hair and beard’.
FYI: rape includes cabbage rape, broccoli rape and mustard rape. These are all classified as cruciferous, with yellow as the main color. Cabbage rapes and mustard rapes are originated in China, the latter of which was introduced to Sichuan, Shanxi and Guizhou province in China via UK and Italy in the 1940s and 1950s respectively. The so-called rapes in terms of those that are produced for vision, is a kind of oil crops; in the history, either in painting culture or literature, this kind of plants are not mentioned much. When it came to the 20th century, with the invention of photographical technology, this ordinary plant was paid attention to by more people. There is no doubt that the spread of photography is an important promoter of the tourism industry, especially in the new era of the 21st century: as long as it is good scenery, once the picture of which is post on the Internet, there would be admirers, regardless of the proximity of location. Taking rape flowers as an instant, in the period before and after the Spring Festival, Luoping, Yundadn will welcome the guests from all over the world, who cost their time and efforts! The rape is composed of four sepals, four petals, two pistils, four long stamens and two short stamens of small flowers, containing much amount of pollen. Seed oil contents of 35% to 50%, you can press oil or as a feed. In addition, the tender stems and leaves of rape can also be used as vegetables.
Rape is one of crops that are the easiest to be cultivated. The Farmers often sprinkle the rapeseeds in the fields during the winter and spring, and about two months later, the yellow flowers are blossoming and wait until the second year. Rapes are grown into the soil in order to increase the nutrients in the fields. And after the flowering of the fruits, the rapes would become the largest edible vegetable oil raw materials in the whole China. The golden color of rapes is separated from the green of the early spring, like that the earth is a palette. Local residences with white walls and black tiles, along with a set of hills and rivers, located vertically and horizontally, covering each other, making a scene better than any paints in the world.
In 2017, the fourth rape flowers festival in Santian County was opened on March 4 at Sanyuan County.
This year the main style of the rape flowers festival is 200 acres of rape fields painting out of the shape of musical notes of "alpine green". In addition, there are colorful cloud-shaped flowers fields in the village Zhongshan, and the rainbow at the bridge Xinghe, Zhaizi mountain seasonal flower fields and the windmill, flowers and other unique style of flower fields at the Sanqing village.
Except for having a hotpot in the rape flower farming area, now there is also a “Taiwan Local Customs Street” available now, in which more than 20 types of specialized Taiwan snacks street, and farmers’ restaurants like Local Chickens are now available, making tourists incredibly happy if they are there.
Take a bus to Santai from North Station at Liangjiaxiang Allay in Chengdu, which close at 19:20 every day.
Ticket Price: RMB 50
Take a Bus to Sanyuan County from Beiba Station, Santai County
Starting from Chengdu, go along with the Qinglong Flyover, for about 100 km, then exist from the exit in Nanchong or Suining, to get on Xi-Mian Highway S40, after 25km, exit from Fenggu or S205. Finally, drive ahead about 4 km, arrived in Sanyuan County.