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Hangzhou Botanical Gardens

Hangzhou Botanical Gardens, and flower nursery as well nearby. If you can't make it to Suzhou, these gardens aren't bad, especially in the spring and during the brief period when the leaves change in the fall. There is also a peacock farm, some nice ponds, and basically a wide range of plants and ecosystems to walk through. The redwood tree that Nixon donated during his visit has since died (in 2001).

The Hangzhou Botanical Garden it a 230-hectare affair in the northwest part of the famed West Lake Scenic Resort.

With a total of 3,400 plants, the garden is built on a stretch of hillside, where the weather it mild. and the vegetation is lush and verdant. Horticulture. research and education are closely integrated in this garden, which is also a popular tourist resort.

Situated on the northwest of the West Lake the garden is divided into 8 sections. like the Ornamental Section. the Landscape Section and the Plum Section at Lingfeng. to name just a few Over 3. 400 kind, of plants are growing there. offering blooming flowers all year round.

The Plum Section at Lingfeng has Long been one of the best places to view and admire plum blossoms. More than 5, 000 plum trees of 45 species vegetate in the 150-mu garden.

It locates at the foot of Jade Spring Hill northwest of West Lake, Hangzhou Botanical Garden now occupies 231 hectares (571 acres) and holds approximately 4000 species of plants placed there since the founding year of 1956. The garden, which is regarded as a research base of plants and a botanical park as well, is the biggest botanical sanctuary in China. Featuring thousands of species of plants, the garden is divided into two main parts; a research section and an appreciation area. The latter is further grouped into species gardens. They include the botanical garden for economical plants, the botany classification area, the osmanthus and crape myrtle garden, the bamboo garden, the arbor garden, the medicinal plant garden, the lily magnolia and camellia garden, the potted landscape garden, the plant resources museum, and so on.
The scenery of Appreciating Plum Blossom in Lingfeng Temple is situated inside Qingzhi Castle of Hangzhou Botanical Garden. As early as the period of the Five Dynasties and Ten States (907-960), a Buddhist temple named Lingfeng was built there. The landscape became known gradually by everyday people, owing to the high recommendation by the famous poet of North Song Dynasty, Su Dongpo. By the year 1844 of the Qing Dynasty, about one hundred plum trees had been planted around the temple. Hundreds more were added outside the temple in 1909. Every spring, this is a must-see destination for those who appreciate plum blossom, for the blossoms there come out earlier and fade later than those of anywhere else. In addition,various kinds of plum produce and bamboo containers made there will generate even more pleasure for visitors.
Jade Spring, one of the many scenic spots inside the garden, is famous for its pure water. People there can enjoy watching the many colorful carps in the spring water. Nowadays, 'Appreciating Plum Blossom in Lingfeng Temple' and 'Enjoying Jumping Fish in Jade Spring' are considered the best tourist attractions around the West Lake area.
Amazingly, the garden has been equipped with so many leisure infrastructures, even a golf course, in order to meet the satisfaction of all visitors. Characterized by fresh air, a wonderful environment, bubbling streams and quiet ponds, luxuriant vegetation, and rare species of plants, Hangzhou Botanical Garden, as a theme park, welcomes people from each corner of the world for both sightseeing and relaxation all year round.

Covering an area of about 230 hectares (approx. 568 acres), the Hangzhou Botanical Garden can be found at the foot of Jade Spring Hill in the northwest end of West Lake. It was originally built in 1965, and is not only a park in which to feast your eyes on beautiful plants, but also a research base where fields such as the cultivation of plants and protection of environment are studied.

The garden has wonderful scenery and an excellent environment. It is beautiful, with decorative architecture including pavilions and kiosks. Verdant trees, colorful and lovely flowers, and extremely fresh air seem to bring people into a world full of the pleasure of natural beauty.

The garden is divided into two main sections: the research section and the pleasure gardens. The research section is where the cultivation of plants and protection of the environment are being studied. The pleasure gardens are divided into gardens including the Botany Classification Garden, Botany Appreciation Garden, Bamboo Garden, Garden of Economic Plants, Plant Resources Museum, and the Medicinal Garden. In the Botany Appreciation Garden, the 'Lingfeng Tanmei' in the Botanical Garden is an excellent scene that really catches tourists' eyes: Over 5,000 plum trees are standing upright. When winter comes, the majestic and charming picture of plum trees stretching up, towards the cold wind and snowflakes falling onto plum blossoms is an amazing sight.

Each garden has unique features. The Bamboo Garden is special and interesting: A kind of bamboo named Damaozhu grows very fast - reaching 1 meter (approx. 3 feet) in height during one night and growing as tall as a three-stories building during one month. Some bamboos are small like grass, and some have spots on stems. In the Garden of Economic Plants, plants are visible which can be used to produce fiber, medicine, flavors, or special kinds of industrial materials. They provide tourists not only with the wonderful scenery of flourishing trees but also an ideal place for summering.

Some entertainment facilities in the botanic garden offer tourists a chance to relax to their hearts content. No matter what season it is, the garden will give tourists endless pleasure. The beautiful Yulan trees in spring, the leisure hours spent viewing the lotus or on the hammock forest in summer, the fragrance of sweet-scented-osmanthus in autumn, the pines and bamboos which are still green and vigorous in winter add great pleasure to any visit here.

Classification Garden, Botany Appreciation Garden, Bamboo Garden, Garden of Economic Plants, Plant Resources Museum and the Medicinal Garden. Try to make your trip in winter and you will get to see one of the most incredible sights in the world. There are over five thousand upright plum trees and during winter these trees stretch towards the cold wind and snowflakes fall on the plum blossoms. What a spectacle it is has to be seen, it cannot be expressed with mere words!

Some entertainment facilities in the botanic garden offer tourists a chance to relax to their hearts content. No matter what season it is, the garden will give tourists endless pleasure. The beautiful Yulan trees in spring, the leisure hours spent viewing the lotus or on the hammock forest in summer, the fragrance of sweet-scented-osmanthus in autumn, the pines and bamboos which are still green and vigorous in winter add great pleasure to any visit here.

Admission Fee: CNY 10 for adults,
CNY 5 for children (under 1.3 meters high)
Opening Hours: 7:00 - 17:00
Bus Routes: 82, 15, 28 and 7

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