"The Tang Dynasty Lychee Orchards of Genzi County" Genzi by Confucius

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One of the tallest trees in the Tang orchards

There are several lychee trees which villagers claim are over 500 years old, including this tall specimen which still produces plenty of fruit. That would not predate the Ming dynasty, but this is still the original legendary orchard of the Tang dynasty emperors and ensuing dynasties.
In order to deliver fresh lychees to Yang Guifei, the Tang emperor's favorite concubine, a relay of horses was maintained from Genzi across China to Xian that continued nonstop 24 hours a day until the fruit arrived in the ancient capital.
Nowadays the lychees are transported by air to Honolulu where they are used to satisfy hula girls who enjoy drinking lychee martinis in Kaimuki.

Lychee Paradise On Earth

These lychees were harvested from the site of the original Tang orchards where there are still several 500 year old trees which are capable of producing an abundance of fruit.
To my delight I also discovered that mangos are grown in Genzi as well and can be seen growing side by side with lychee trees.
In 2002 Genzi produced 20,000 tons of lychees! I think I consumed about five pounds myself.

You're supposed to peel them first!

Actually this young lady is demonstrating the Tibetan custom of greeting visitors by sticking out one's tongue. How thoughtful that she is simultaneously offering a fresh bunch of lychees from the ancient Tang orchards to honored guests from afar.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Acres and acres of lychees and mangos
  • Cons:Not too much else to do other than eating fruit all day long
  • In a nutshell:If you love lychees as much as the legendary Yang Guifei then you must make one pilgrimage here
  • Last visit to Genzi: May 1999
  • Intro Updated Jul 28, 2005
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  • angelochka's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    i checked, actually they finished to build Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Dam in 1972 and it's very close to my age:)

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2004 at 8:32 AM

    Lychees good in stir fries too - what about the Longan [ dragon eyes] ;-)))

  • urban4est's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2004 at 7:51 AM

    Is there a difference to the fruit pickers whether the lychees went to the emperor or to Kaimuki? Is a wider higher paying market all that matters?

  • vincentf's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2003 at 3:30 AM

    Wow! Lychees!

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2003 at 9:43 PM

    Lychee martini? Mmmm. This place sounds lovely, after the hectic hubub of Shanghai.

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2003 at 9:33 PM

    This reminds me of late afternoons in Hawaii. Ever have a lychee martini, Confucius? It's the cocktail of choice in Kaimuki ! Ohh boy downing a few of those makes your mangos go fashizzle! ;-)

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