City fruit of Yuyao—— Waxberry
Yuyao has the largest area and the longest history of planting waxberries. The planting history is about 2,000 years and according to the archaeological findings in Hemudu relics, waxberry has existed in the earth as early as 7,000 years ago.
Now, the planting area of waxberry is about 82,000 mou with the annual output about 20,000 tons. The planting area has extended to 19 towns of the city and a group of characteristic villages featuring waxberry planting have emerged, and Yuyao has won the reputation “ Yuyao’s waxberries are the best in the world”. In June of 1995, Yuyao was named as “ China’s Waxberry Town”. The waxberries in Yuyao are divided into different varieties, such as black, red, pink and white. Among these varieties, the most famous kind is the black chufa breed. This breed is regarded as the preferred fresh food in our country and is also fine breed for processing for other purposes. This breed boasts of round and complete fruit, gorgeous color and cluster, tasting sweet and small nucleus, and it is popular at Zhangting in the east of Yuyao and Sanqi City. The agricultural technological workers have found a large piece of ancient waxberry forest when they were doing general investigation of ancient and famous trees in the surrounding area of Shibu Village. There are about 2,000 ancient waxberry trees there and the ages of the trees are between 120 years old to 150 years old. The local government has built “Ancient Waxberry Scenery” in this are. The white waxberries, which are planted at Mazhu in the west of Yuyao and Moushan, have also enjoyed a good reputation for a long time. The merits of this breed are fresh, sweet and sour, and very delicious. Further more the time for coming into the market is later than the chufa breed, thus extend waxberry’s time of staying in the market.
In June every year, when the waxberries are mature, the tourist activity called “ Cheerful Trip to Waxberry County” will attract large groups of tourists to Yuyao from inside or outside of the province. The tourist can taste all kinds of red fruits here and enjoy the rare and special breeds among the fruits and experience the unique natural conditions and customs in China’s waxberry county. If you are non-native tourist, coming down from the exit of the Moushan Road of the Hangyong highway, you can have a taste of the delicious, sweet and sour white waxberries from Yuyao Western Mountain. Go along the Yongyufu road eastward, you will enter the main production area of the most famous black breed ——chufa breed.
City flower of Yuyao——Rhododendra
Rhododendra is a kind of plant belonging to Wikipedea, Rhododendron. It has some nose rags as Azalea, Silktree, Melastoma candidum, Eriobotrya deflexa. According to the statistics, there are altogether 850 kinds of rhododendras in the world, and among which 650 kinds are in China. Many kinds of evergreen rhododendra, such as Yellow Cup Rhododendra, White Snow Rhododendra, Regiment Rhododendra, Wide-plant Rhododendra, have formed a dense rhododendra bosk. There is even a spectacular sight known as the Rhododendra Flower Sea, which covers more than 10 km. Because of its beautiful and splendid shapes and colors, the rhododendra was ever praised by Bai Juyi (a famous ancient poet) as “beautiful as Xishi (The ancient most beautiful woman) and compared with it, lotus and peony are ugly”. So the rhododendra has a famous reputation as “Xishi among all the flowers”
City Tree of Yuyao——Yulan Magnolia
The bynames of Yulan Magnolia are Southern magnolia and Magnolia grandiflora. The Yulan Magnolia is a kind of evergreen arbor belongs to Magnoliaceae. Its leaves are very thick and its flowers are white and fragrant. Yulan Magnolia is in favor of the wet and rich soil. People like its tall and straight trunk, its bright and green leaves and its big and white flowers.