In early spring, the county of Luoping in China’s eastern Yunnan Province turns golden when the rapeseed flowers bloom across thousands of acres of farmland.
As well as attracting plenty of photographers, the blossoming canola plants bring in many bees and their keepers who set up tents in the fields. Luoping is a major center for raising bees, and making honey products.
The ideal time to see the visual spectacle is in February and March. By the time June arrives, the flowers have long withered, and the seeds have set, ready for harvesting to make cooking oil.
As the plants sway in the breeze, the fields appear to be an endless sea of golden flowers.
There are many panoramic mountains in the area to get great views of the flowers, like Jinjifeng (Golden Rooster Peak) and Shiwan Dashan (Hundred Thousand Hills). On one of the highest hills is the 100-year-old Lingyi Temple which also has one of the most magnificent views.
Perhaps the best time to capture the scene in all its glory is at dusk or dawn when the mountain shadows create a distinct contrast against the golden light.
Research by Ming Yue & Lulu