Luopong, China 2007


Views of small limestone hills punctuating privately-owned fields of rape plants in flower. The rape seed is harvested for cooking oil, the rape stalks are turned into housing insulation, and honey is produced from the flowers by hives of bees brought in by migratory beekeepers.

About eight years ago the local government started promoting Luoping as a tourist destination, and at sunrise when these photos were taken, there were ten tour buses parked on the nearby highway and some 80 amateure photographers to taking photos of the scene from the two government-designated photo hilltops, with a costumed flutist playing atop a white water buffalo with a bow in its horns. Almost every hotel in town is fully booked for the government organized rape flower festival.