We are happy to announce our earliest Orchids in the Wild Trip for 2019 to Yunnan, China! This will be the OCA’s fourth trip to this incredibly interesting and diverse country, and the first that will bring us to see epiphytic orchids, in addition to many lithophytic and terrestrial orchid species.
The trip starts April 16, 2019 with a meet-up in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. Kunming is one of the prettiest cities in China, with wonderful gardens, great restaurants, and nearby tourist attractions such as the Stone forest. You can arrange to come early or stay after the tour and visit some of these attractions. Our tour guides will be Wenqing Perner and Hong Jiang, who have led multiple trips to see the orchids of Yunnan. Hong is a professor at the Forestry Institute in Kunming, and a co-author and the photographer for the stunning book “The Wild Orchids of Yunnan.” He is probably the foremost expert on the orchids of this province; needless to say, he knows where the orchids are! Wenqing and her late husband Holger Perner led innumerable botanizing trips throughout China. Wenqing is not only a superb tour organizer and orchid expert, she is also fluent in Mandarin, Japanese, English and German!
The itinerary takes us to subtropical western Yunnan, where we will visit natural parks and reserves that should contain flowering Dendrobium, Eria, Pleione,Calanthe, Chiloschista, Oberonia, Gastrochilus, and Vandopsis species and potentially the very rare Paphiopedilum armeniacum. We should also see some great birds, including hornbills; view rhododendrons, which should be in peak bloom; and experience the fascinating indigenous Bai and Yi ethnic cultures. At the beginning of the tour we will have the opportunity to visit the ancient city of Dali, renowned for its beautiful old town and great shopping opportunities. We will also enjoy the cuisine of Yunnan, which includes plenty of vegetarian options. The tour ends April 27 in Kunming.
There are only 14 spaces on the trip, so don’t delay in sending your deposit! Tour costs will be $4200 shared occupancy (double room) or $4700 single occupancy and include all meals, hotels, buses, drivers, entrance to parks, internal flights, etc., but do not include airfare to and from China, nor alcoholic beverages. The deposit is $500, and the deadline for deposit is December 1, 2018. The balance of the trip costs will be due February 1, 2019. If you are interested in additional travel in China, this can be arranged with Wenqing. All tour participants will need a Chinese visa (not included in the trip price).
Point of contact:
Mary Gerritsen, OCA tour coordinator. Outside of the US, contact Mary for bank transfer information.
Checks should be made payable to the Orchid Conservation Alliance and mailed to:
541 Parrott Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402