Rose industry flourishes in desert county of Xinjiang, NW China

Some 450 hectares of roses are blossoming at a farm in Yutian County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and workers are busy picking petals among the bushes.

Located at the southern edge of the Taklamakan, China's largest desert, this county has good sunshine and warmth, making it suitable for rose cultivation.

"We have over 120 employees who come to work from nearby villages. We can harvest about 300 tonnes of roses each season," said Azizi, production supervisor of Yutian County Rose Planting Demonstration Base. 

As the industry grows, the flowers have become a driving force for rural revitalization over the past decades, attracting more villagers to join the workforce.

According to official data, in 2022, the rose plantations in Hotan Prefecture reached over 3,700 hectares, with a total output of 8,900 tonnes of roses generating around $50 million in revenue.

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