We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.
FT-04: Arid-Humid Transitional Zone in Eastern China; Shandong
Date: July 30-August 05, 2017
This trip in Shandong Province will explore the hilly area located among the vast plains of eastern China. This area, which links the coast with the hilltops through temperate forests, traces back to around 15 million years, as evidenced by the delicate fossils preserved in diatomaceous shales. We will first visit Lao Shan, a famous coastal hill near the equally famous harbor city of Qingdao. The forests harbor such plants as Clematis patens and Liliumtsingtaoense and wild fruits of Vitis, Actinidia and Prunus. At Shanwang National Geological Park, participants can view the rare Miocene (17–15.5 Mya) fossil fauna and flora. The third stop will be Yi Shan, which is covered by the most luxuriant and biodiverse forests in Shandong. More than 1,000 species of plants grow in a limited area. Stop four, Tai Shan, is a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. We will visit the geological, biological, and cultural wonders. On the last day we will visit Jinan Botanical Garden, ending our happy journey after enjoying the view of this famous ‘Spring City.’
The species of previous field observations(shared by CFH users and keep on growing) along the trip route, you can preview the plant diversity and then add your observations to this site: