Yunnan May 26th to June 12th 2012
Yunnan lies in the south-west of China and borders Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Tibet. We visited the north-western part of Yunnan province which is Tibetan and was once part of the ancient Tibetian province of Kham. This dramatic area has three rivers - the Yangtse, the Mekong and the Salween - emerge from the heart of Tibet and cut their way through 6000m mountains on their way to the sea.
This Naturetrek trip to Yunnan was titled 'A Plant-hunters Paradise'. It was in the early 20th century that the intrepid plant hunters Ernest Wilson, George Forrest and Frank Kingdon-Ward found many of our classic garden plants which adorn our gardens and parks to-day.
Here are my photographs of the wildlife we saw. As our aim was to concentrate on plant life I have started with them and added at the end 'Other Wildlife'.
Details and photographs taken on the route may be seen by clicking HERE
I have tried as a general rule to follow the order found in 'A Guide to the Flowers of Western China' by Grey-Wilson and Cribb.
This is Page One - Nelumboaceae to Solms-laubachia
Page Two - Ericacae to Saxifraga
Page Three - Legumnosae to Rubiaceae
Page Four - Caprifoliaceae - Oreorchis