Tropical Botanical Garden is largest botanical garden with the most species of plants in China, being regarded as the Green Gem on the Crown of the Kingdom of Plants. If you come to Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province, make sure you spare some time to appreciate the unique tropical plants there.
Read on travel tips on its location, what to see, ticket price and more. Situated in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, it was first built in 1950s and covers an area of 900 hectares (2,224 acres). It boasts its 3000 species of tropical plants from home and abroad which form unique and colorful landscapes for this garden.
Tropical Botanical Garden is a gourd-shaped peninsula totally surrounded by the Luosuo River, a branch of the Mekong River. The area belongs to the tropical climate with an annual temperature of 21 C (70 F), which provide delightful natural condition for the survive of all the topical plants.
Going across a drawbridge over the Luosuo River, you will get the first sight of the garden with many high subtropical arbors growing on both sides of the road.
When you go deeper, you are presented with many other precious plant such as the dragon tree, parashorea tree, palm tree and so on, which looks like grand umbrellas or guardians protecting the islands.
When you come to the Central part of the botanical garden, you will find clean pools with big round leaves floating on the water. The leaves are so big that a small child can even play on the leaves freely, thus got the name of King Lotus.
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Moreover, This is a great place for romance and walking in the forest, you will surely be enchanted by the natural wonders. You may also find some Dai ethnic women in their traditional colorful dress selling red berries grown here, which remind people of on famous poem in China:
When those red berries come in springtime,
Flushing on your Southland branches,
Take home an armful, for my sake,
As a symbol of our love.
The whole Tropical Botanical Garden can be divided into thirteen special plants sections including the tropic fruit trees section, bamboo section, palm section, water plants section, national plants section, medicinal plants section, kapur section, spice berries section, rare plants section, banyans section and the famous flower and tree section.
With all these tropical flowers, beautiful landscapes, dense ethnic flavor and rich scientific substance, the Garden has been designated as a national-level tourist scenic spot since 1991.
Every year, more than 250,000-300,000 tourists will come here and a tourist souvenir market and the Cultural Museum of Forest Ethnobotany have been built, which enable tourists to savor the great beauty of the natural wonders.
Tropical Botanical Garden in Xishaungbanna is a vast land waiting for your exploration. If you are interested in plants, this place is surely one of your stop of your tour.
Finial travel tips for you: the entrance fee is 80 RMB (13.5 USD) and you can take a bus from Xishuangbanna directly to get here. Spend half a day here, you will surely savor the great combination of natural beauty and ethnic custom. Read more China Travel Tips.