Nie uses a knife to peel the honey off the beehive.(Photo/China Daily)
Xikouwai village and Baoziling village in Fengjiabu town are located deep in the Yanshan Mountains area.
The project was started in 2016, and since then more than 600 beehives have been hung from the cliffs to produce high quality flower honey.
At present, 331 households in the town have a total of 11,200 clusters of Asian honey bees, producing 90,000 kilograms of honey each year. Now 59 low-income households in the mountains have joined bee farming. The annual average income per household is around 6,000 yuan ($934).
More than 100 wooden boxes hang from a cliff in Xikouwai village. (Photo/China Daily)
Bee-keeping and honey production is thriving in the Yanshan Mountains area
More than 100 wooden boxes about 60 centimeters high and 40 centimeters wide hang from a cliff in Xikouwai village, Fengjiabu town, Miyun district, Beijing. 150 meters from the ground, it is the largest cliff bee feeding yard in the country and is also the core area of the Apis Cerana Reserve. Inside the beehive are native Asian honey bees. Hanging the boxes from the cliff is to restore the bee lifestyle, and to protect them from snakes and rats. The "nannies" who take care of these bees are by no means ordinary. They are a professional team from the reserve's beekeeping cooperatives, and they call themselves "the spidermen".