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South China Botanical Garden

South China Botanical Garden (SCBG) under Chinese Academy of Sciences, founded in 1929, with a total area of 333 ha, is one of the largest gardens in China. It's located in northeastern side of Guangzhou city, Guangdong province.


longitude: 113°21¹

latitude: 23°11¹

altitude: 20-327 m above sea level

annual precipitation: 1600-1800 mm

temperature: 0.8-39 ℃

The bamboo garden takes a total area of 42,000 square meter, with an initial collection of 222 species in 30 genera, including some special bamboos like Dendrocalamus sinicus, Bambusa textilis f. purpurascens, Gigantochloa atroviolacea, Bambusa vulgaris f. waminii etc.  

          D. sinicus                          B. textilis f. purpurascens           B. vulgaris f. waminii                        G. atroviolacea 

Personal view of bamboos at SCBG: it's a good place to see tropical bamboos. Most runners don't survive well there. Due to the long history of the garden, some bamboo is somehow growing out of control which needs more maintenance. But still, it's a nice collection of clumpers native to China. The garden also welcomes plants exchange, and like to get tropical bamboos from outside China. 


SCBG itself is a hot tourism attraction as a public garden. It's open all year round from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Ticket fare is 20 CNY per person, equal to around 3.5 USD.  There you will not only enjoy bamboo, but also 6000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants like cycad, palm, ginger, magnolia, orchid, medicinal herbs  etc. For more information of SCBG, please go to: 

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