Luoping is a fantastic off the beaten track place to witness natural yellow Canola Fields in an unknown village called Jin Ji Cun. This part of China is remote and inspiring.
Most travel books don’t even include Luoping when mentioning China’s Yunnan Province, that’s how this place manages to stay so unknown. These yellow Canola fields are everywhere in the Springtime near Jin Ji Cun village, close to the town of Luoping.
What are these Yellow Canola Fields?
A fantastic series of yellow fields! They are yellow because the flower for harvesting rapeseed is coloured bright yellow. Rapeseed oil is made from them, also known as Canola.
When to visit the Yellow Fields?
Please make sure you go there only in Spring. This is when the yellow fields are visible. The rest of the year they are not! A little bit of research pays off here – it’s advisable to head sometime between February and April.
How to get to the Canola Fields at Jin Ji Cun?
It’s not entirely easy to get to, but make sure you first arrive in the city of Luoping. You can ask around at your hotel or show locals some pictures or Chinese characters for where you want to go. Most of them will know where it is. A bus will take you there within 20 minutes.
The first bus will be a green mini-bus which costs 5RMB. There won’t be any other foreigners around.
You should arrive at the Yellow Canola Fields within 20 – 25 minutes. They will be instantly noticeable on your right hand side.
What price is it to visit the Yellow Fields?
There is no entry fee! The yellow canola fields are natural and completely free to visit, the beauty of the travelling lifestyle.
What is there to do at the Yellow Fields near Luoping?
Admire them by walking around taking in the views and the impressive yellow colours on display. Take some photos, buy some local food from the stalls and head round the path. You can get a good view of the fields.
For a great view you just climb up the small hills in and around the Canola Fields. There are lots of them and you will see other Chinese tourists there. There are paths up to the top for cracking views.
After seeing the yellow fields head to the village across the road. It’s called Jin Ji Cun and you can stay there for the night. You can watch the fields at sunrise and sunset to get really different views of the canola fields.
Are these yellow canola fields at Jin Ji Cun special?
No – these yellow canola fields can be seen in lots of places including Australia, USA, Canada etc. But this is a really good off the beaten track location to see them, and it’s extremely pretty, so I’d recommend it.
What else can you do near the Jin Ji Cun canola fields?
There are a few other things to see and do including an incredible national park with the 9 dragons waterfalls and riding on the back of a cart led by a yak. But the main attraction for now is the Yellow Canola Fields!