Friday, April 26, 2013
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
This doesn't look like it's in the United States, does it? That's because it's not! I scoured the lists of gardens in the United States and could not find one that began with the letter, "x." There might be a garden in Xenia, Ohio, but I really didn't have time to get in my car and investigate. So we're going to hop across the pond to China and visit this garden.
Located in Xishuangbanna, China, the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden covers an area of almost 2,000 acres. It is China's largest tropical garden. The full name of the garden is Tropical Plant Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Science. (Big name for a big garden!) as you can guess, the garden is used for research, and contains over 10,000 species of tropical plants.
There are thirteen separate gardens within the main garden. These include a tropical fruit tree section, shade plants, palms, water plants, natural plants, and medicinal plants.
The garden is open daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.