This trip, deep into the essence of the mountains, will provide an introduction to the diverse range of botanical communities in eastern China. We will explore typical northern broadleaved forests of eastern Asia noted for their species richness and biodiversity. The first stop will be at Tianmu Shan, where rare gymnosperms, such as Ginkgo biloba, Pseudolarix amabilis, Torreya, Cryptomeria japonica and the endemic Ostrya rehderiana (Tianmu Iron Tree), and more than 2,000 other species of plants, occur between an altitudinal range of 300 to 1500 m. On Day 3 we will visit the second station –Huang Shan, a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site ,to enjoy the magnificent granite landscape and the famous Huangshan pine forest (Pinus taiwanensis) and find Magnolia cylindrica (Huangshan magnolia), Sorbus amabilis (Huangshan Rowan), Quercus stewardii (Huangshan oak), and other plants named in Chinese after Huang Shan. On Day 5 we will visit the third station, the ancient village of Hongcun, dubbed ‘Village in Chinese Paintings,’ in Yi Xianin the historical Huizhou region of southern Anhui Province. Hongcun reflects the ancient Chinese concepts of life and architectural art. We will then return to Hangzhou and end the journey after a visit to West Lake, and Hangzhou Botanical Garden.