Botany PhD's exploration in East Lake
Led by He Rui, a doctoral candidate majoring in botany from Wuhan University, joined our reporter in exploring the wild life of East Lake on May 29.
East Lake has a wide variety of plants with 13 specialized botanical gardens and more than a thousand plant species in the area. Apart from some well-known ones, a myriad of other delicate flowers grow in summer, such as the leek-like Tulbaghia violacea, the lavender-like Verbena bonariensis, and the colorful Coreopsis. There is a stretch of hydrangeas with colors from peach to blue at the Moshan Hill Scenic Spot. In addition to the plants, many small animals abound, such as Chinese ferretbadgers and weasels. Moorhens are also frequently seen among the bushes and their long, slender legs allow them to walk through lotus leaves.