Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) under Chinese Academy of Sciences, founded in 1959, with a total area of 1125 ha including a 250-ha well preserved primary tropical rainforest, is the largest tropical garden in China. It's located in Xishuangbanna city, southern  side of Yunnan province, boardering with Thailand. 

 

longitude: 101°25′E

latitude: 21°41′N

altitude: 570 m above sea level

annual precipitation: 1193-2491 mm

annual temperature: 21.4 ℃

The bamboo garden was built in 1965, with a total area of 70,000 square meter, with an initial collection of 250 species from southern Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Southeast Asia, including some special bamboos like Melocalamus, Melocanna, Dinochloa, Leptocanna etc. 

from left to right:

Melocalamus yunnanensis

Bambusa vulgaris f. vittata

Thyrsostachys oliveri

Schyzostachyum funghomii

Personal view of bamboos at XTBG: it's an excellent place to see tropical bamboos. Some nice local species are collected which are waiting for botanical identification. So not all bamboos are displayed with a Latin name. A worker from the garden will provide you great assistance to recognize different bamboos. If you are lucky enough, you will come across flowering bamboo and get some seeds. Shooting season for tropicals start from late June, so it will be nice time to visit the garden from July to September. XTBG cannot sell plants for profit, but welcomes plant exchange. Whatever is not in their collection will be appreciated, especially those from outside China. 

 

XTBG itself is a national 5A tourism attraction which receives 650,000 visitors each year. It's open all year round from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ticket fare is 104 CNY per person, equal to around 17 USD.  There you will not only enjoy bamboo, but also 13,000 species of tropica plants in its 35 living collectins. Exploring the primary tropical rainforest will also be a great adventure for your trip. 

 

For more information of XTBG, please go to: http://english.xtbg.cas.cn

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