TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taitung’s Chihshang Township (池上鄉) is holding a competition for the most popular field of canola flowers, which were planted as green manure after the second crop of rice was harvested, according to a Central News Agency report on Sunday.
Beautiful canola flowers are visible to travelers entering Chihshang from either the north side or the south side of Provincial Highway 9, the report said.
Canola plants on some fields have been turned over, but others still remain picturesque, CNA reported.
Chihshang Township Office hopes the beautiful seas of canola flowers can last through this year’s long Lunar New Year holiday or as long as possible to attract tourists to the area.
Therefore, the township is holding the first-ever competition for the most popular canola flower field in the area where the Brown Avenue (伯朗大道), the Green Road of Paradise (天堂路), and the Takeshi Kaneshiro tree are located. A total of 26 farmers participate in the competition, the report said.
Chihshang Township Secretary Pan Zheng-yin said that a ballot drop box was erected on each competing field, adding that visitors can get the ballots from B&Bs, bike rentals, and convenient stores in the township, walk onto the flower fields, and cast the ballots for the most beautiful canola flower fields in their view, according to the report.
The farmer who gets the most votes in the competition will be awarded NT$20,000 (about US$700), and the voters will have a chance to win Chihshang’s rice snacks from a prize draw. The activity will last until Feb. 22.
Chihshang Township Mayor Chang Jao-cheng (張堯城) said the canola flower competition will become an annual event to encourage farmers to keep their canola flowers through Lunar New Year in order to boost local tourism, CNA reported.
The report said that the field beside the Takeshi Kaneshiro tree is the most popular on Sunday, thanks to the popularity of the tree named after the famous actor.
(Photo by CNA)