NANJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — In the small village of Xieqiao, most of the corn and wheat grown on the farmland does not go to dining tables, but into making bunches of “dried flowers.”
Zhang Zhan, 67, was the first person in Xieqiao of Suqian City in Jiangsu Province, to make dried flowers. “They all believed I was crazy and some even took me as a liar,” he said, recalling how he persuaded the village to join him in making the flowers over 10 years ago.
Zhang saw the business opportunity 20 years ago when selling fresh flowers in Beijing. “I found that almost all the dried flowers were imported and sold at a high price,” he said.