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Critically endangered orchid lost for over 25 years rediscovered in SW China's Yunnan

The Cypripedium elegans, a rare species of orchid, has recently been discovered for the first time in 25 years in Shangri-La, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The most recent specimen record on the flower in China traces back to 1996.

A visit to the nature reserve home to the country’s largest eco-system of hsienmu trees

The Gulinqing Nature Reserve, located at an elevation of between 160 and 2,028.4 meters above sea level in Maguan county, southwest China’s Yunnan province, is home to China’s largest and best preserved eco-system of hsienmu trees.

In pics: world’s best preserved ancient tea forest in SW China’s Yunnan

Photo of a traditional ethnic-minority village in the Jingmai Mountain Ancient Tea Forest, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (People's Daily Online/Hu Zunhui) The World Heritage application for the cultural landscape of the Jingmai Mountain Ancient Tea Forest in southwest China's Yunnan Province officially got underway in June 2010.…

Photo shows blooming magnolia flowers in Changning county, southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo/Wu Zaizhong)

Discovering Yunnan's eight best-known beautiful flowers: Magnolia

With its generous sunshine and abundant rainfall, southwest China's Yunnan Province is endowed with rich varieties of precious flowers and plants, being home to more than 2,100 decorative plants, among which at least 1,500 are flowering plants. Camellia, magnolia, lily, azalea, fairy primrose, orchid, herba meconopsis, and radix gentianae are eight of the best-known flowers in Yunnan.…

China’s first artificially-bred loris baby born in Yunnan

Recently, a baby loris was born at a wild animal rescue center in Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. It is reported to be China's first loris baby that was given birth to in an artificially-bred environment.…

A glimpse of bioluminescent mushrooms in Yunnan

Rare bioluminescent mushrooms emit a greenish fluorescence at night at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan Province. (Photo/Xinhua) Can mushrooms glow in the dark? Yes, it's true! Such a dreamy and magical scene just appeared at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, southwest China's Yunnan Province.…

Photo shows Qiaojia five-needled pines in the wild. (Photo/Yan Keren)

Population of critically endangered pine trees undergoes significant growth in SW China’s Yunnan

The number of Qiaojia five-needled pines, a national first-class protected plant endemic to Qiaojia county in southwest China’s Yunnan province, has significantly increased, according to a nature reserve in the county. When the species was first discovered in 1990 in the county, there were only 34 individual plants accounted for in the wild, said the management bureau of the Yunnan Yaoshan National Nature Reserve.…

Infrared cameras capture footage of silver pheasants strolling in forest in SW China’s Yunnan

Recently, infrared cameras have captured high-definition footage of sliver pheasants at a provincial nature reserve in Mojiang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Silver pheasants, which are under national second-class protection, feature different colors for each of the two sexes.…

The Cypripedium elegans (Photo/Jiang Hong)

Critically endangered orchid lost for over 25 years rediscovered in SW China's Yunnan

The Cypripedium elegans, a rare species of orchid, has recently been discovered for the first time in 25 years in Shangri-La, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The most recent specimen record on the flower in China traces back to 1996.…

Leisure beyond one’s imagination: A snapshot of the wandering elephant herd returning to their habitat

Since the herd of 14 Asian elephants returned to Mojiang County of Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, their movements have been closely followed by the public. On August 17, the herd was discovered having a nap nestled together head-over-head in the forest, offering up a lovely and adorable picture.…

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