Villagers plant orchids and ‘harvest gold’


Precious plant: A man showing the ‘tiepishihu’ flowers at a greenhouse in Bijie, Guizhou province. — China Daily/Asia News Network

Beijing: It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

“They’re the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable Chinese herbal medicine,” said Ruan Jian, deputy manager of Anlong Xicheng Xiushu Agriculture and Forestry.

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