Reporter’s notebook: a magical mushroom mystery tour in southwest China

From deep gorges, to raging rivers and year-round snow-covered mountains, the remote, landlocked province of Yunnan has some of China’s most varied landscapes.It’s home to more than 20,000 plant and animal species – more than half of the country’s total – even though it covers just 4 per cent of China’s land mass.That may explain why almost everyone I met in Yunnan, from shopkeepers on Mohan on the Chinese border with Laos to taxi drivers in the capital Kunming, suggested that to really get a…

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