We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.
Investigation of Nature and Culture in the Karst Areas of Southeast Yunnan
This trip will cover two national nature reserves and one provincial nature reserve. We will enjoy the scenery and biodiversity of the low latitude highlands south of the Tropic of Cancer. We will first visit historical buildings in the old cultural city of Jianshui and a huge cave where thousands of swallows find their home. We will then visit a famous national wetland park in the mountains along the Red River valley where the Hani Terrace has been cultivated for over 1,300 years and is still providing harvests for the local people. The terraces adjust the climate, conserve water and land, prevent landslides, and maintain a diversity of animals and plants. Next to this agricultural ecological wonder, we will visit the two national and one provincial natural reserve which are rich in plant species. These reserves have complicated landscapes and harbor tropical montane rainforests at lower elevations and humid evergreen broadleaved forests at higher elevations. This trip will reach the lowest point in Yunnan Province, 76.4 m, in Hekou County in the Red River Valley near the Vietnamese border. A short visit to Gulinqin, an ex-situ conservation trial site for plant species with extremely small populations (PSESP), will show the conservation efforts to preserve endangered plants in China. At the end of this trip, the Kunming Botanical Garden (Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS) will welcome the participants.