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Living Fossils: Metasequoia and Traditions of the Tujia and Miao Minorities; Hubei

This trip highlights the extraordinary scenery of a grand valley, the kingdom of wild plants in central China, and the traditions of the Tujia and Miao minorities. We will go to Enshi city by bus in the morning of the first day. Visit Enshi Tusi Castle, the largest and most typical building of the Tujia Minority in China, and enjoy local art and culture. We will explore the Enshi Grand Valley on the second day and see some rare and endangered plants, such as Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Chinese dove tree (Davidia involucrate) and Chinese yew (Taxus chinensis). On the third day we will visit Xingdou Shan National Reserve to observe the world’s oldest (about 500-years) and tallest tree of Metasequoia and explore the largest and best protected natural population of Metasequoia. We will visit the Dragon Boat Water land in the city of Lichuan on the fourth day, taking a boat down the Qing River to enjoy the landscape of Que’er Mountain. At Tenglong Cave we will be entertained by a unique laser art show and an aboriginal dance and music performance by members of the Tujia minority. We will return to Wuhan on the fifth morning to end the trip.

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