Huangling village only won national acclaim following the opening of Wuyuan county’s first expressway, the Jingdezhen-Wuyuan-Huangshan (Changshan) Expressway, in 2006.
Three years later, villagers and local officials began developing tourism in the settlement in Jiangxi province’s Wuyuan county.
The roadway’s efficacy in luring visitors has also been boosted by its location between Jingdezhen and Huangshan cities, both of which are major attractions in their own right.
Around 2009, Huangling’s villagers earned around 3,500 yuan ($540) a year on average.
In 2012, Cao Jiaxiang quit his job in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, and returned to Huangling.
“In Hangzhou, I was able to earn at least a decent life,” the 46-year-old recalled.
“But back in my hometown, I know I can make greater contributions to my fellow villagers.”
He began growing canola after his homecoming. The flowers bloom in March, creating a yellow blaze against the…