Wildlife Holidays in China

China is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilisations. Its religious and cultural influence has extended across the whole of East Asia and it is home to one of the earliest known specimens of Homo erectus – commonly referred to as Peking Man.

The first Chinese dynasty to leave written records was the Shang, which settled along the Yellow River in the 11th century, and in 1912 dynastic rule came to an end when the Republic of China was formed.

China is a vast country ranging from mainly mountains and plateaus in the west to lower country in the east. The great Himalayan range and the Tibetan plateau extend into south-east China. Here, three great Asian rivers – the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween – emerge from the heart of Tibet and forge their way towards the sea through the highest mountains in the world.

Naturetrek Tours to China

Naturetrek offers two botanical holidays in China visiting north-western Yunnan and Sichuan. These tours focus primarily on flowers and culture, following in the footsteps of pioneering plant-hunters of the 19th century.

What’s special about the wildlife?

It has the richest temperate flora in the world.
Yunnan and Sichuan provinces lie in the south-west and far west of China respectively, and it is to these remote areas our wildlife tours go, in search of their extraordinarily rich plant life.

Some highlights of our wild flower tours in China:

  • Herbaceous plants such as Primula, Lilium and Anemone species, as well as Cornus, Acer and Rhododendron species among the myriad of woody plants
  • All the Meconopsis species (poppies) – blue, yellow and red, including Meconopsis punicea
  • Lilium species, including Lilium regale
  • A wonderful variety of orchids including the stunning slipper orchids
  • Breathtaking scenery including that of the Tibetan Plateau

Our Specialist Recommends

"China is probably best known for its Great Wall and the Panda but its botanical potential is superb. You could join us on our pioneering 22-day tour to Sichuan province, following the footsteps of the early plant-hunters."

Operations Manager - Paul Stanbury

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