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July to August

Every August, tourists flock to Panyu District to appreciate the beauty of lotus, have a taste of a variety of lotus-made food and watch a host of entertainment shows in the Guangzhou Lotus Festival.

Panyu is a district of water, featuring a network of rivers and streams. Lotus roots and seeds are mainly harvested in ponds and rivers of the district. Lotus is an economic plant. With supple figure and elegant shape, lotus is famous for its ability to remain untainted though growing in mud and dirt. Hundreds of miles of lotus has long been an poetic image since ancient China. Lotus seeds are a high-quality food. Lotus roots are of high nutritious and dietary value, which can be made into vegetable, powder and glazed fruit.

Lotus roots produced in Xinken are reputed in Guangzhou. Originally a newly-claimed oasis with high fertility, soft mud and deep soil horizon, the region is very productive of lotus roots. Later on, quality varieties such as "Maier Tou (Cat Head)" and "Shouxing Tao (Longevity Peach) have been cultivated, which are rich in starch and taste sweet. Lotus roots can be deep fried, steamed and simmered.

※ Time: Every August

※ Location: Panyu

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