Zhong Yang, a sower on Tibet's snow-covered plateau
April 13, 2018 -- How can mortals record the immortal beauty of the world? Botanist Zhong Yang, a professor at Fudan University, gave his answer with his life's work.
In his relentless search for plant samples, he traveled to places that no botanist had ever before set foot. On the northern slope of Qomolangma - which is known as Mount Everest in the West and reaches more than 6,000 meters above sea level - Zhong carried out some of his most important work. He traveled more than 500,000 kilometers for his work, spending more than 100 days in the most desolated locations each year. Thanks to his dedication, he managed to collect 40 million plant seeds and surveyed the variety of organisms on the "roof of the world" in the Tibet autonomous region.
April 13, 2018 -- Herbariums collected by Zhong Yang and his team are ready to be sorted in Zhong's workplace at Fudan University. Photos by Feng Ai / Xinhua
Zhong's life came to an end on Sept 25, 2017, in a car accident in Erdos, Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
The scientist once said, "All lives must end, but I am fearless because my students will continue the research."
From the northern Tibetan Plateau to the southern Tibet valley and the Yarlung Zangbo River, we can see the species collected during Zhong's spectacular life and gain glimpses of his long pilgrimage as a collector of natural beauty.