International Orchid Tours

Orchid Conservation Alliance Orchids in the Wild Tours for 2018

 Details for all trips and how to sign up for them are available on at www.orchidconservationalliance.org/guided-trips.

2019 Orchids in the Wild Trip 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 DendrobiumEriaPleione,CalantheChiloschistaOberoniaGastrochilus, 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).

You can view and download the trip itinerary here.