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A Members' Evening: Travels in China

Dr. Raynor Shaw, Tim Woodward AND David Brian
Tuesday, 20 May 2003
The Helena May Club
The Helena May Club; 35 Garden Road, Central
Drinks from 6.30 pm; Lectures from 7.30 pm
1. Hong Kong to Jiuzhaigou by Sea, River and Land
Dr. Raynor Shaw In this lecture, Dr. Raynor Shaw speaks of his trip to Juizhaigou by sea, river and land and of the Jiuhaigou national park. The journey began from Hong Kong to Shanghai, entering the Yangtse River Estuary in the light of a full moon, and berthing in sight of the Shanghai Bund. Several days were exploring the Shanghai, Suzhou (Marco Polo's "Venice of the East") and Nanjing by train. Then commenced on one of the many distinctive green and white passenger ferries that regularly ply the route from Shanghai to Chongqing provided a fascinating crosssection through China, from the vast, flat expanses of the Yangtse Delta, across the undulating scenery of eastern China, through the famous Three Gorges, and into the Sichuan Basin, finally berthing in Chongqing. 2. The Hill Country of SouthEast China
Tim Woodward The hill country of Southeast China is much less visited than that of The Southwest and the mountains are strikingly beautiful and there is still some superb forest cover, with fascinating ecosystems hiking. There are plenty of birds and smaller mammals still to be seen and large mammals still occur. While the urban populations of the region become increasingly wealthy, the rural people have retained their traditional existence. In this talk, Tim covers the wild areas of the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian and his many wildlife sightings. 3. The Miao People of Guizhou
David Brian Guizhou, a relatively underdeveloped and thinly populated province in southwestern China, is characterised by its isolated location and rugged terrain. As an ethnic frontier, Guizhou is the home of many minorities and at least thirty different groups can be identified. Although administered by China since the Han dynasty, Guizhou was not settled by Chinese until the sixteenth century when the native population was forced off the most fertile land by ethnic Chinese. The most important minority groups are the Miao, the Bouyie, the Shui, the Dong, the Puitung, the Yao, and the Yi. In this lecture David describes the Miao, their lifestyle, history and relationship with the environment, in the beautiful surroundings of the Guizhou hills.

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