TRAVEL Lavender boosts tourism in NW China's Xinjiang

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Lavender boosts tourism in NW China's Xinjiang

CGTN

13:49, June 23, 2019

Swathes of lavender plants are luring a large number of tourists to Huocheng County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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Swathes of beautiful lavender in Huocheng County in northwest China's Xinjiang. (Photos: VCG)

The county is currently in the midst of an international lavender tourism festival, showcasing lavender, local history, local cuisine and folk customs.

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Swathes of beautiful lavender in Huocheng County in northwest China's Xinjiang.

Huocheng is located on the same latitude as Provence in France, allowing them to share similar meteorological and soil conditions. It is the largest lavender production base in China and the third largest in the world. Its lavender fields have reached 3,500 hectares and account for 97 percent of the country's lavender output.

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An aerial view of swathes of lavender in Huocheng County, northwest China's Xinjiang.

China introduced lavender from France in 1965.

In recent years, government authorities have guided local farmers toward lavender cultivation, helping them overcome poverty. So far, about 800,000 tourists have visited the county to see the lavender fields.

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