Jinfoshan, or Golden Buddha Mountain, is a dramatically gawky limestone mastiff on the southern edge of the Dalou Shan range, an autonomous region that lies between Sichuan and Guizhou (gway-jo) Province. The province itself, on the southeast border, does not possess the cache’ of celebrated cuisine or botany as do the western provinces–it can be argued unjustifiably–and is considered to be the most impoverished region in the PRC.
It is this mountain and its remarkably preserved flora (since the 1930’s) that is our first order of business for the next month in Guizhou. It has already been an exciting introduction to the plants we will encounter during our travels this autumn. [Read more…]