We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.
FT-14: Taihang Mountains; Beijing, Shanxi, Hebei, Henan (pre-conference)
Date: July 15-22, 2017
This trip explores the typical flora and special scenery of the Taihang Mountains. The first day we will head west from Beijing to visit the first station, Baihua Shan, located north of the Taihang Mountains, and tour its forests and subalpine meadows. Rare species, such as Bupleurum chinense f. octoradiatum, Roegneria turczaninovii var. pohuashanensis, Carex capillaris var. pohuashanensis, Coeloglossum viride, Corallorhiza trifida, Cypripedium guttatum, Oreorchis nepalensis, Epipactis helleborine, Tilia mongolica, and Phellodendron amurense can be seen along the route. The next day we will go to the second station, Wutai Shan in Shanxi, to experience its rich Buddhist culture in the afternoon. On the third day we will climb Beitai Shan (elevation 3058 m), the highest peak in north China, to enjoy typical subalpine meadow vegetation. The common species are Larix principis-rupprechtii, Pinus tabuliformis, Picea wilsonii, Rosa xanthina, Ostryopsis davidiana, and Myripnois dioica. On the fourth day we will travel to the third station, Zhangshiyan in the middle part of the Taihang Mountains, to experience the unique large natural cliffs and to study the rare impressive cliff plants such as Clematis kirilowii, Clematis acerifolia, Taihangia rupestris, Opisthopappus taihangensis, and Libanotis lancifolia. The fifth and sixth days will be spent exploring the fourth station, Yuntai Shan in the southern part of the Taihang Mountains, to enjoy the special canyon and cliff plants. After observing the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, we will return to Beijing by high-speed train.