Spring arrives, and Bombax flowers once again
bloomed, rendering the land of Yunnan Province with flaming
red. But not for long; not in this spring. They were soon
cut or snapped from branches, leaving the trees utterly naked.
The fate of the flowers after they were torn
away from their birthplace is not what you might think. They
did not find a new home in a vase, but were tortured in sizzling
oil and stir-fried into dishes. The rest you should be able
to figure out: their final resting place will not be a peaceful
and harmonious domain.
As flowers they are beautiful but as edible
herb they by no means to be delicious. Then why people in
rural Yunnan still prefer to consume them with their mouth
instead of appreciating them with they eyes? They have no
choice, according to the local reports. To many thirsty villages
Province, these flowers are only things available for
them to make dishes to go with plain rice, since there is
nothing left for them to collect in their dried vegetable
The woman in the picture has a three generation
family and needs to search around the hills for the flowers
every other day. Often she leaves home with a basket on her
back in the morning and wouldn't be able to return home until
afternoon - all these hard labour just for the sake of getting
one herb dish for her entire family.
And she’s not alone. So many villagers rely
on the wild
herb as the only source of vegetable, which makes her
flower-gathering job harder by the day.
The disaster did not occur overnight. The area
hasn't got a decent rain since last August. But during the
National People's Congress meeting which took place only
a few weeks earlier, no attention was paid to and no bills
were tabled over the issue. Is that very odd?
The following facts may shed some light on
the question: Just when some rural people swallow bitter
herbs as their daily meals, and walk miles to get their water
rations, in its provincial capital city Kunming, the urban
folks are still allowed to hose their cars, and the dubious
industry of Turkish-style bath palours dotted the town are
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