Now it is the best season to pick litchi in Genzi Town. [Photo: Maoming Evening News/Yu Li]
Gaozhou, a county-level city in Maoming, is one of the most famous homes of fruits in China. In Gaozhou, one town is named “the No.1 litchi town in China”. This town is Genzi.
Genzi is named so because it has the longest history and largest area in planting litchi and the biggest output and best quality of litchi across the country. It is located in the southeast Gaozhou with 27 kilometers away from downtown Maoming and 120 kilometers away from Zhanjiang Airport.
June is the very season for litchi picking. So how has “the No.1 litchi town in China” been these many years? What changes have taken place in Genzi Town? A 20-something local named Chen Wu told us about the past and present of Genzi Town.
Chen Wu said, “when I was young, litchi was not the main agricultural product in Genzi. There used to be few litchi trees in town.”
The development of litchi industry began in the 1990s. At that time, the reform and opening up had been popularized around the whole nation. Following government policies, many people began to grow litchi in a great scale.
Mass cultivation of litchi not only leads to high economic benefits but also boosts the development of tourism for Genzi. “When litchi comes into season, there are people everywhere, farmers, dealers, tourists and those who just want to taste litchis swarming to this little town,” said Chen Wu.
Baotou-Maoming Highway passes Genzi Town. [Photo: Maoming Evening News/Yu Li]
Internet changes the way of selling litchi in Genzi. Farmers grasp the skills of online selling: turn on their computers, click on the mouse, and deals are done. Moreover, the Baotou-Maoming Highway stretching across the town greatly enhances the speed of transportation. With this highway, people in the whole country are able to enjoy fresher litchis from Genzi.
“I am very excited to see how my hometown made great changes through litchis,” Chen Wu told the reporters.
How to go to Genzi Town: Go to Maoming or Gaozhou by train or by long-distance bus, then take a bus from one of the local coach stations to go to Genzi.
(By Xiangyue, Monica)