Travelers don’t have to travel to Provence to see lavender flowers. In China
, we also have a place in the west with lavenders growing in large scales.
It is the Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, located in northernmost Xinjiang Autonomous Region, which has long been known as one of the most prosperous and beautiful places in Western China. So people always say you don’t see the beauty of Xinjiang if you haven’t been to Yili. The prestige of Yili comes from the magnificent Tianshan Range, the quaint and gorgeous valleys, the gently flowing Yili River and the local people who live peacefully and reclusively.
It was in 1964 that 3 kinds of lavender plants were introduced from Provence, France. After more than 40 years of careful cultivation, the lavenders coming afar settled down in Yili Valley. Now the total planting area reaches more than 13 square kilometers and its annual yield accounts for 95% of the total produce of the whole nation. Now it is one of the 4 biggest places in the world for lavender planting. The other three are Provence in France, Hokkaido in Japan and Caucasus in Russia.
A lot of lavender plantations are scattered around Yili River Valley. The most notable places to see the flowers are No. 65 Tuanchang and SangongXian
g. Both are known as hometown of lavender in China. The flowers usually come into full blossom from the end of May to mid June.