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Sweet melons and fruits ‘travel’ around China

Photo taken on August 10, 2021 shows staffs of the Korla Airport load flat peaches. On the same day, the flight loading full of 5 tons of flat peaches flew from Korla Airport to Beijing, marking the beginning of a new round of fruit air transport season at the Korla Airport in Korla City, northwest China’s Xinjiang. [Photo by Meng Xiaoyu]

Tianshannet-Xinjiang Daily news (Repoerter: Ren Jiang): If season has flavor, what does the autumn in Xinjiang taste? It is sweet, the memory of Xinjiang melons and fruits left in autumn.

In September, the north and south of the Tianshan Mountains is like a huge fruit plate full of red apples, yellow Hami melons, purple grapes. The aroma of sweet and intoxicating melons and fruits floats across Xinjiang. The world-famous hometown of melons and fruits is showing its charm to the world.

Today, the sweet fragrance of melons and fruits wafts everywhere in the north and south of the Tianshan Mountains, among mountains and valleys, on oasis and Gobi dessert. On the edge of and even in the hinterland of the vast sand sea, there are also large orchards, which is exuberant and green. It is the green made by people with their hands, the green of life and wealth.

In recent years, the forest fruit industry in Xinjiang, especially in southern Xinjiang, has been booming. By 2020, Xinjiang's forest fruit planting area has reached 18.5 million mu with the total fruit output of 8.45 million tons.

Melons and fruits not only send off fragrance in Xinjiang, but also across the whole country. The industry of melon and fruit in Xinjiang has been changed from the mode of self-production and sales in the past to selling more than 80% of the production to other provinces of China every year. Forest fruit industry has become important for increasing the incomes of farmers in Xinjiang.

In golden autumn, the hot desert wind breeds sweet and ripe melons and fruits, which express the full hope of farmers in the north and south of the Tianshan Mountains, supplied to supermarkets, markets and communities carted by planes, trains and trucks, bringing sweetness to more people.

Photo taken on August 28, 2021 shows the 11,202 freight train carried refrigerated containers loaded with 640 tons of Jiashi plums pulls out from the Kashgar Station in Kashgar, northwest China’s Xinjiang, heading to Weicheng Station, Shaanxi Province, further to markets across the country. [Photo by Yang Le]

Photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows workers load Hami melons in the field in Naomaohu Town, Yiwu County, northwest China’s Xinjiang. At present, 33,500 mu of late-ripe Hami melons planted in Naomaohu Town are gradually ripe, merchants from Ningbo, Guangzhou and other places have come to purchase. [Photo by Tianshannet-Xinjiang Daily / Cai Zengle]

Photo taken on September 7, 2021 shows villagers promote local fresh grapes through live streaming at the grape planting base of Tangdun Orchard Grape Planting Agricultural Cooperative in Wugongtai Town, Hutubi County, northwest China’s Xinjiang. [Photo by Tao Weiming]

Photo taken on September 1, 2021 shows farmers pick apricot plums at an orchard in Tugeqi Village in Yuqiwusitang Township, Kuqa City, northwest China’s Xinjiang. In 2021, more than 300 mu of apricot plums planted in the county have been sold to Shanghai, Guangzhou and other places through orders. [Photo by Wu Le]

Photo taken on September 2, 2021 shows residents purchase various Xinjiang fruits at a Guoshu Community Store in Yuanjing Street, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province. At present, 1,200 Guoshu Community Stores have been set up by Xinjiang Fruit Industry Group Co., Ltd. across the country. [Photo by Tang Ying]

Photo taken on August 12, 2021 shows members of Kangquan Raspberry Processing Professional Cooperative cart raspberries at Kazakmali Village in Kansu Town, Xinyuan County, northwest China’s Xinjiang. Through raspberry planting, processing and sales, the stable income of 50 local villagers has been effectively increased by Kangquan Raspberry Processing Professional Cooperative. [Photo by Zhang Wenting]

Photo taken on September 6, 2021 shows workers sort mulberries at the workshop of the Chunran Agricultural Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. in Kuqa City, northwest China’s Xinjiang. The main business of the company is the processing and production of mulberry cans and mulberry wine, processing more than 100 tons of mulberries annually. [Photo by Yuan Huanhuan]