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In Photos: XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens

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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens (XTBG) were created in 1959 to help study and preserve China’s only tropical rainforest.

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Hotel Lake

Still lake near the hotel

Most visitors will stay in the capital JingHong or the nearby Menglun Town, but we were lucky enough to stay as guests at the only hotel in the park, exclusively for use by members of the Chinese Academy of Science.

It’s an elegant but ageing hotel in the middle of the Gardens. The hot water only runs for a few hours a day and the internet varies between slow and broken, yet all is forgotten when you look out the windows across the giant Lilly pads floating in the palm tree lined pond.

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Hotel

Our hotel at XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Lake

Central lake in the botanical gardens

Half of the 1,100ha area is given over to growing 12,000 varieties of plant. The gardens are divided into sections by plant type. Small electric cars with surly drivers drop passengers off at various points around the landscaped gardens. The whole site is encircled by the LuoSuo River, which is a tributary of the Mekong Delta.

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Palm Tree

Curious looking palm tree. Anyone know the type?

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Flower

Rare bloom in the protected flower garden

Flowers at XiShuangBanNa Tropical Botanical Gardens

Plants at XiShuangBanNa Tropical Botanical Gardens

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Bridge

The bridge to the tropical rainforest area

The larger area is a virgin rainforest, with slippery walkways guiding you to the highlights. These include a strangling vine and a ‘Huge Woody’ to stare at if that’s your thing.

XiShuangBanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Rain Forest Path and Tree

The path into the rainforest area, and a large tree called “Huge Woody”

XiShuangBanna Visitor details

Entry ticket: 80rmb

Website: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

There’s an additional charge of 30rmb a day to use the unlimited bus service. Alternatively it’s possible to hire bicycles as it is very flat, or simply walk.

For more ideas in the XiShuangBanna area, have a read of this post about temples and minority village tours.

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Since leaving London in 2006 I’ve travelled, worked, volunteered and lived in over 90 countries. Highlights so far would be driving along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, a complete circuit of South America and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I’m currently back in Beijing, as a base to visit more of Asia and attempt to learn Mandarin.

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