Find out what are some things to do and see in Luoping (罗平), an amazing place in the province of Yunnan in China, and when is the best time to visit it.
Not long ago I wrote a post about Dashanbao, an amazing high plain in Yunnan, China, completely unknown to mass tourism. Great landscapes, Chinese minorities, and some great wildlife are just some of the features of that place. If you like to visit locations off-the-beaten-paths then you are in the right place.
This spring I had the chance to visit another great place in China: Luoping 罗平, in Yunnan. Just like DaShanBao, you can’t find many info online about it, so these are my two cents.
Luoping is a unique place that somehow reminds me of Provence. Provence is famous for the lavender fields, Luoping for the rapeseed flowers but both are unique in the world. If possible, Luoping is even more beautiful (hope my French friends don’t get upset 🙂 ). The landscape is dotted with hundreds of karst hills and this is what makes this location unique. It’s a real paradise for a photographer and for anyone who loves nature. (Another unique place famous for the nice flowers fields is Furano in Japan.)
Rapeseed flowers are harvested to produce oil, fuel, and honey. What impresses every visitor is the size of the fields. Compared to Luoping, Provence looks like a small garden. But you know, China is a big country so everything is bigger there…
When is the best time to visit Luoping and other info
Just like Provence, if you want to visit Luoping keep in mind the there is a specific time of the year to see the flowers: between the end of February and the beginning of April. There are no reasons to visit this place for the rest of the year. So if you are planning your trip to China keep in mind that summer or fall is not the right season to see the canola flowers.
Luoping is close to the border with the provinces of Guizhou and Guangxi. Canola grows in many other places of China and it blossoms at different times of the year depending on location and temperature. Luoping fields are the biggest in China and those in Guizhou are the second largest.
The blooming season is also the busiest for the beekeepers. You’ll see many in Luoping. Most of the time they live right in the fields. Once the blooming season is over, they move to other places nearby were the bees can find wildflowers. If you want, you can taste the honey. If the price is too low (less than 20 RMB for one jar) the quality is probably not the best.
Another thing you’ll notice while walking along the fields is the warmth of the Chinese people. Don’t be surprised if they will ask you to take some pictures with them: they love meeting foreigners. Just get used to it because it will happen many times. Even some policemen wanted a few pictures with us foreigners…
If you want to spend a night in Luoping check you can find some good deals on Booking.com.
How to get to Luoping and useful reminders
- Getting to Luoping is not difficult. Of course, it depends where in China you are, but if you are in Yunnan just ask the people at the reception of your hotel and they’ll be happy to help you. There is also a train to Luoping (罗平). However, organizing this trip by yourself can be challenging. I honestly think that using a professional Travel Agency would be the best option. Wonders of Yunnan Travel is one of the best in China. They are really professionals and can tailor-make the perfect trip for you according to your needs. If you want to book a tour with them, please let them know that you found their contact through my website.
- Keep in mind that Luoping is in a high plan so the sun is quite strong. bring some sunscreen with you.
- The best view is from one of the many hills. Choose one and hike it.
- Remember that the internet in China is censored so you can’t use Gmail, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. If you really need to use one of those websites you need a VPN. I use ExpressVPN since it’s one of the most reliable VPN available. Here you can find 5 reasons to always use a VPN.
- Bring a good camera, several SD cards, and a tripod. You’ll need them.
- Here’s another article that talks about Luoping.
Here you can find more pictures I took in Yunnan and here an interesting post about the last Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkeys. Here a post about the Jiuxiang caves in Yunnan and here an article about the beautiful Shaxi old town. If you are in Yunnan on May don’t miss the Jacaranda trees in full bloom!