Beijing Review - - COVER STORY - Copy­edited by Re­beca Toledo Com­ments to zan­ji­fang@bjre­view.com

Hei­longjiang Prov­ince is lo­cated in China’s north­east, at its high­est lat­i­tude. Apart from its cold and long win­ter, it is also well known for its fer­tile black soil, mak­ing it one of the most cru­cial grain-pro­duc­ing ar­eas in the coun­try.

From Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber every year, the prov­ince grad­u­ally be­gins the au­tumn har­vest from south to north. Corn, rice and soy­beans are the ma­jor crops har­vested. The rice grow­ing in Wuchang County and the soy­bean planted in Sui­hua City en­joy a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion in do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

The de­gree of agri­cul­tural mech­a­niza­tion in Hei­longjiang has taken the lead among China’s prov­inces. Dur­ing the har­vest sea­son, one can see a va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery across the bound­less and flat ter­rain, cre­at­ing a spec­tac­u­lar au­tum­nal land­scape. ( Pho­tos by Wei Yao)

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