Fujian Flora & Fauna

I took an impromptu hike up a farmers’/tea growers’ trail near our tolou. It’s amazing how many paths you can find winding through the mountains; turn a corner on the road, and it’s likely that you’ll see a set of stairs hacked into dirt. There are no fences or signs to demarcate private areas; it looks like you can walk where you please as long as you don’t disturb anyone’s crops.

I walked up and up and up, first past terraced farms of cabbage and mustard greens and turnips, then up to terraces of tea plants …


… and then up to a bamboo forest! I was so excited to be walking in a bamboo forest in China!




By the time I was up that high, all of the noises of town had vanished. And the town itself was just a tiny dot in the distance.


It’s not common to see flowers in this part of China, though those that I found were largely familiar. I recognized cosmos and zinnias, magnolias and bougainvilleas. I’m always excited to see azaleas (that’s the Baltimorean in me):


Some people line their walls with masses of these orange flowers, which grow on a vine:


I also found tiny irises …


… and what I think was a small cherry tree in bloom:


There were a few mystery flowers, like this red one that grew on a large bush…


… and this purple flower that had been planted along many of the roadsides:


We did not see a lot in the way of wild fauna (I did see a few new birds, but I don’t know enough about the species of China to be able to identify them). But there are ducks in the rivers …



… and every family seems to have chickens walking around somewhere.


The tulou in which we stayed had a very cute, very skittish little kitten:


And I found many dogs with whom to make friends:


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