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Megranate festival to be held in Sichuan

Huili county in the Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture of Sichuan province will host its first international megranate festival from September 6 to 7.

 

The events include a grand opening, a skyrocket evening, the selection of the world’s largest megranate, a food fair, and tourism and investment promotion.

 

The festival is aimed at making Huili known to the world, said deputy county magistrate Zhang Wei.

 

Located at the juncture of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, Huili has a history of 2,120 years and is home to 22 nationalities such as Han and Yi.

 

Hui abounds in megranates. In the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907), they were sent to the royal family as the tribute.

 

As China’s largest megranate county, Huili’s megranate sowing area is 11,000 hectares. Its annual output is 77,000 tons. Megranates are sold to East Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

 

On August 30 last year, Huili was jolted by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake, which also hit the juncture of Panzhihua and Huili. The quakes killed 38 people and wounded nearly 900 people in Sichuan and Yunnan.

 

(China Daily June 29, 2009)