Technical visit to Industrial Park for ‘Fenzhou Walnut’
Fenyang City, honoured as the home of walnut in China, has a walnut cultivation history of more than 2,000 years. The area of walnut economic forest in Fenyang now is about 36,000 ha, with over 12,000,000 trees and a yearly output of about 10,000 tons. At present, Fenyang City is the largest walnut production base in China, as well as the largest breeding base for walnut seedlings, the largest walnut processing and distribution center. It is also the central producing area of ‘Fenzhou Walnut’. In October of 2008, ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ obtained the protection for geographical identity products from General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, China.
The Industrial Park for ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ aims at making ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ industry bigger and stronger, fully protecting and developing ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ resources, so as to improve its popularity and market share. It can also further standardization of walnut industry in peripheral areas, even the whole province, and promote export-oriented industry and build up platform among Fenyang, the whole country and the world. The Park is waiting to meet ‘The 7th International Walnut Symposium’, which is expected to further expand influence of ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ in the world.
The Park lies near Fenyang exit of Qingyin highway, composed of three parts, which are Integral Demonstration Garden for ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ Industry (including plantation, exhibition booths and news centre), ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ Museum (including museum, trade center and research center) and High-Tech Processing Center for ‘Fenzhou Walnut’ (including processing lines, cold storage, distribution system, scientific research and information system).
The Park integrates walnut trade, exhibition, process, scientific research, training and tourism.
Fen Yang Yu Yuan Native Produce Co., Ltd.
Established in 1998, Fen Yang Yu Yuan Native Produce Co., Ltd. is situated in the Chinese famous Walnut main origin, Fen Yang, Shanxi Province. It is of an agric and industrialized enterprise covering growing，processing and trading of walnuts, apricot kernels, cereals and food research as well. Yu Yuan has two subsidiary companies and three liaison offices.
The 6600 acres walnut growing base and 9 acres high standard orchard have provided improved breeds for production of walnuts, apricot kernels, cereals and native produce. The modern “Fen Zhou Yu Yuan Industrial Area” possesses an ideal premise for the development of value added walnut products and native produce, which has laid solid foundation for food research and high tech product invention.
Yu Yuan has an annual productivity of 9000 metric tons of walnuts and native produce, of which 6000 metric tons are of shelled walnuts products for export, 1500 metric tons of cereals and 1500 metric tons of red dates and native produce. Yu Yuan produces 2000 metric tons of biological product with pure plant proteins namely walnut lactic bacteria beverage and 1000 metric tons of walnut oil. For years, the products of Yu Yuan have been sold to Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania, enjoyed wide popularity by customers both at home and abroad.
Yu Yuan and her factory were in 2004 accredited with the quality control system ISO9001:2008 and HACCP system for walnuts and other items ;Green Food and Organic Food registered in 2006.；ISO14001：2004 system in 2008. BRC Certificate in 2010,Halal Food Production Licence in 2010.The Organic Food Certificate in current year has been approved by the America, Japan and European Community.
Yu Yuan takes planting, growing, producing and trading as a whole ; nature, green, nutrition and health as a basis; quality, prestige and service as first. With spirit of pioneer, creation, reality and mutual benefit, Yu Yuan sincerely welcomes friends all over the world to come for a visit .
Breeding and Demonstration Base for Seedlings of Fine Walnut Varieties in Fenyang City
Fenyang City is the main producing area of Fenzhou Walnut. A set of successful techniques and experience for fine walnut breeding is resulted based on continuous exploration of industrious and intelligent Fenyang people. Breeding industry of fine walnut seedlings is rapidly developing in the whole Fenyang city based on science and technology. Up to now, the area of breeding base for walnut seedlings in Fenyang reaches 1200 ha, and average 15,000,000 walnut seedlings are produced and sold every year, resulting an income of 230,000,000 RMB. Also more than 3,500 grafting technicians for walnut trees are developed. The service fee for salesman of fine walnut scions and for walnut technicians to graft in other places in the whole city reaches 6,000,000 RMB yearly. So, the whole revenue of only fine walnut breeding in the city reaches 290,000,000 RMB.
Breeding base for seedlings of fine walnut varieties at Xiazhangjiazhuangcun Village is located 5 km in northwestern Fenyang, occupying a land area of about 333 ha. The village has unique soil, geographical and climatical conditions. After 20 years’ development, it has become the largest breeding base for walnut seedlings. Walnut varieties of Jinlong 1, Jinlong 2, Zhonglin series and Liaohe series are mainly breeded here. Up to now, a fine development pattern of the base has been established based on the Walnut Research Institute of Fenyang, Juxing Sci-tech Company of Walnut Breeding and Yinfeng Specialized Farmers’ Cooperative at Xiazhangjiazhuangcun Village.
Ecological Demonstration Garden of Organic Walnut at Yangjiazhuang Village in Fenyang
The Garden occupies a land area of about 1,100 ha spreading in 11 villages. The mainly cultivated varieties are Jinlong 1, Jinlong 2, Zhonglin series and Present series. In 2007, the Garden obtained AA Organic Certification from China, USA, Japan and EU. It also got the Transferring Certificate for Organic Food in China.
Breeding Garden of Fine Walnut Varieties in Fenyang
Breeding Garden of Fine Walnut Varieties in Fenyang was established in 1978, with a total area of 42 ha. It is a breeding base for both production and scientific research on fine walnut varieties. At present, 67 domestic and 5 foreign fine walnut varieties are preserved in this garden. There is also a walnut gene pool of both early-ripening and late-ripening varieties of 2 ha and a cutting orchard of about 7 ha inside the garden.
In 1990, the project titled Experimental Research on Introduction of New Early-Ripening Walnut Varieties was completed in this garden, which won the third prize for scientific and technological progess in Shanxi Province. 12 early-ripening improved varieties adapted to the environment of Shanxi Province was selected in this project. In 2004, the garden was honored ‘the Science and Technology Demonstration Park in Shanxi’ by Shanxi Forestry Department. In 2010, it is honored the only ‘National Base for Fine Walnut Varieties’ in Shanxi by the State Forestry Administration, and the ‘Gene Pool for Walnut Germplasms of Northern China’ and the ‘Innovation Base for Selection of Fine Walnut Varieties’ by Shanxi Academy of Forestry Science.
The Oldest Fenzhou Walnut Tree
The oldest Fenzhou Walnut tree was planted in 1350. According to the legend, Nanpiancheng Village looks like a phoenix, overlooking mountains to the north and ravines to the south. The tree grows at the crown of the phoenix, honored as the ‘Feng-shui tree’. After more than 650 years, the tree still grows vigorously with spreading of new shoots. Today at Nanpiancheng Village, there are about 5,000 100-year-old walnut trees, the scions of which were sold to Yunnan. Guizhou, Sichuan, Shaanxi ,Gansu and Xinjiang provinces. And whether the scions were grafted in trees at hills or gills in the native place, or in trees of a different place, they can all survive and thrive. Therefore, you can find walnut trees all over the mountains and plains of Nanpiancheng Village. The walnut produced in this village has light yellow color, and crisp and soft taste, which makes it the first village of Fenzhou Walnut. Because of this, the national exchange meeting for production experience of walnut export was held in this village. Green Fenyang will surely have a brighter future based on walnut!
Wenhu Scenic Spot
Wenhu scenic spot is located in the east of Fenyang city, occupying a land area of about 353 ha. It is an integrated scenic spot combining humanity, ecology, nature and cultural relics. The spot features Wenfeng Pagoda (the tallest pagoda in China), the thousand-year-old Wenhu Lake and Confucian Temple. Besides, there is the new Fenyangwang’s Palace under construction, the memorial house of Wangwensu, Jijia Academy, Kuixing Building and Wenchang Pavilion, embodying cultures of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. All the attractions above make Wenhu scenic spot a protected area for historical cultures of religions, states and palaces, and folk culture. Meanwhile, ecological landscape area, recreation viewing area, leisure resort and entertainment area are also being constructed.
The holy thousand-year-old Wenhu lake is a promising place for you to bless. Welcome to seeing you here!
Industrial Tourism to Shanxi Xinghuacun
Fenjiu Group Co., Ltd.
Xinghuacun, the city of alcohol, attracts lots of tourists because of its unique alcohol culture. In 1995, Xinghuacun, together with Mount Wutai, Yungang Grottoes and Hukou Waterfall, etc. was rated ‘the top ten tourist attractions in Shanxi Province’ by Shanxi Tourist Administration.
Travel in Xinghuacun consists of three parts.
I Visit the old wine production line.
For convenience of visitors, meanwhile for normal production order of the company, the Fenjiu Group particularly opens up a tourist route. First, you can look around ‘the granary of ten thousand tons’. The granary was built in 1995 with automated computer management. It has 16 silos, with total storage capacity of over 30,000 tons, which makes it the largest granary in Asia.
Second, you can visit the traditional wine cellar and the wine storage house of ten thousand tons. The wine cellar uses ceramic cylinders as liquor containers. Before leaving the factory, all Fenjiu products should be stored in the cellar for at least three years, or for decades of years. The wine cellar of the company now still stores the Fenjiu of 1950s, so when visiting the cellar, you can enjoy pure Fenjiu products. The ‘wine storage house of ten thousand tons’ with automated management was newly built in 1993, composed of 100 wine storage tanks made of stainless steel, with a capacity of 100 tons each. The storage house is used as a turnover storeroom for newly produced alcohols.
Third, you can visit the assembling line. The assembling line is composed of bottle washing and inspecting, filling, gland, visual inspection, labeling and binning. In the earlier stage, there are also procedures of blending and filtration. Through observation on the whole wine making process, you can actually see the strict management on quality control of Fenjiu, which gives you confidence in the quality of Fenjiu.
II Visit ‘Zuixianju’ to enjoy the alcohol culture.
‘Zuixianju’ is a garden for alcohol culture within the company. Inside ‘Zuixianju’, there are tablet galleries, pavilions, rockeries and nice woods. Most of all, there is a museum inside for collection of drinking vessels. This museum is the first and also the most complete one for collection of drinking vessels in China. More than 1,000 drinking vessels and sets collected around Xinghuacun from the three ancient Chinese dynasties to the Republic of China have been preserved in the museum, all of which are physical evidences for the long wine making history of Xinghuacun.
Besides, you can enjoy paintings and calligraphy works here. Over 3,000 pieces of paintings and calligraphy works of celebrities since liberation have been preserved in Fenjiu Group, including the poem Tomb Sweeping Day written by Chairman Mao. For long-term storage, three tablet galleries with sculptures of over 100 pieces of famous paintings and calligraphy works have been established, and many other famous works are carved into wooden couplets, all of which fill Xinghuacun with thick atmosphere of literature, and make you wander in the sea of alcohol culture.
III Enjoy rural scenery and taste fine wines at the place of production.
Fenjiu Group, located in countryside, pays much attention to greening and landscaping. Green coverage rate of the factory has reached over 40 %, which makes it one of the top 400 advanced units in afforestation in China. You can see various green and landscaping plants in the factory, such as grape plants, apricot trees, rows of chinars, grassy lawns, enclosure walls covered with Boston ivy, rockeries, small bridges, pavilions, pools and lakes, which make it a garden-like factory.
Touring in Xinghuacun, you can not only enjoy elegance of the nature, but also perfect match between nature and modern civilization. After your busy work, you can stay in Xinghuacun for a few days, filling the bamboo cups of Xinghuacun with wines, then either drink alone among flowers, or dine together with friends, which will give you a special experience.