We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.
FT-03: North-South Corridor, Typical East Asian Monsoon Evergreen Broadleaved Forest; Jiangxi and Fujian (pre-conference)
Date: July 17-22, 2017
This trip will explore the Jinggang Mountain system, Lushan, and Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, located down stream from the Luoxiao mountains. The area includes three national nature reserves and the famous Lushan Botanical Garden. First we will visit the Ciping Scenic Area of Jinggang Shan . Two days will be spent exploring the vegetation and some historic and cultural landscapes. We will then head to Lushan, north of the Luoxiao Mountains. Lushan is a world heritage site of cultural interest and a world geological park. It is one of the spiritual centers of Chinese civilization and the site of Buddhist and Taoist temples, along with landmarks to Confucianism. Three days will be spent inspecting the zonation of vegetation and vestiges of Quaternary glaciations, touring the Lushan Botanical Garden, which has one of the best collections of exotic plants, the geological museum, and China’s oldest college, Bailudong Academy. The academy was founded in 940, in the fourth year of the Shengyuan reign of the Southern Tang Dynasty (937-975). The final stop will be the conservation station of the Poyang Lake Wetland in the town of Wucheng to explore China’s largest freshwater lake and a favorite area for birding.