Hundreds of tons of Hami melons, a specialty of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, have been transported to the Southeast Asian market recently from the city of Hami. It was the first time for such a shipment, complete with certificates of origin.
The Hami melon shipment, weighing 380 tons and worth 2.28 million yuan ($340,000), was transported to Pingxiang port in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region by refrigerated container truck on June 21. Consequently, it was transported by road to Southeast Asia over the next three days.
"Hami is one of the main production areas of Hami melons with a high sugar content and good quality," said the owner of one of the largest cooperative orchards in Hami. Another production area for Hami melons is in the city of Turpan in Xinjiang, which as of spring this year had over 6,000 hectares of associated farmland.