Over the past 18 years, Taiwan-born Chien Fu-chuan has expanded his lotus planting base from Xiamen in Fujian province to other provinces, including Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Hubei.

"I was born in Tainan city, where lots of residents grew lotus flowers," said the 68-year-old Chien. "Since I was young, I felt that lotus flowers were so beautiful, so I had the idea of planting them when I grew up."

Chien began to pursue his lotus flower dream in Taiwan at the age of 30.

After 20 years of hard work, and despite achieving moderate success in lotus flower cultivation, he felt frustrated by the scarcity of land resources, which prevented large-scale planting.

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