Ancient village's honey business brings sweet success

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Jul 20, 2020 L M S


Ancient dwellings in Sangling village, Yunhe county, Lishui [Photo/lsnews.com.cn]

Sangling village is a characteristic ancient village in Yunhe county, Lishui, Zhejiang province. The village has been vigorously promoting the renovation of its historical sites, and the ancient dwellings have gradually become new highlights of rural tourism in recent years.

In addition to the ancient dwellings, Sangling village has abundant natural resources of camellia oleifera and Chinese chestnut. The flowers of camellia oleifera and Chinese chestnut provide sufficient nectar for bees, which has supported generations of beekeepers.

Jiang Hao is one of the beekeepers. "My father started beekeeping when he was 17, and I started when I was 16," Jiang said proudly.

To further broaden the tourism market, the county government invested more than two million yuan ($286,000) in building several distinctive "bee tourism parks". Jiang's farm is one of them.

"When the farm was established in 2017, a group of French tourists came to our home and bought some honey. Now we sell tens of kilograms of honey across the country through express delivery," said Jiang.

He said his honey has a registered trademark and packaging, and has joined Lishui Shangeng, a regional public agricultural product brand created by local government authorities. He was named one of the "top ten beekeepers in Lishui".

In recent years, with Sangling as the center, Jiang has developed three bases to the surrounding areas. More villagers have joined the beekeeping industry, and honey has become a new engine for the increase of farmers' income.