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The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden万石植物园)


The Botanical Garden (Wanshi Zhiwuyuan 万石植物园), has many beautifully landscaped trails winding amongst 20+ nurseries with over 5,300 kinds of tropical and subtropical plants, many found nowhere else on earth.

 

The first of its kind in China, and China's 1st ISO-
registered garden, this delightful botanical oasis was opened in 1960 right in downtown Xiamen, and covers 2.27 square kilometers (though few are actually square).

Koxinga stationed troops in this area, and often came here to read. So did other luminaries, evidently. The granite boulders throughout the garden are graced with calligraphic inscriptions (ancient graffiti sanctified by age).

Giant boulders with names like "Laughing Rock" (Taiping Shixiao
太平石笑) are strewn across the picturesque hills. Below ground are dozens of caves.

Favorites include:
Wanshi Lake (Wanshihu
万石湖), a reservoir built in 1952.

Spring & Autumn Bridge (Chunqiu Qiao
春秋桥) between Bamboo Path and Palm Garden.

Conifer Garden: over 80 species of pines, cypress and firs, including sequoia (found only in California and Central China
),as well as gingko.


The Bamboo Path: Chinese have long said, "Better no meat than no bamboo." This giant grass has hundreds of uses, and China has over 200 of the world's 1000 species of bamboo. In North Fujian you can even find a rare square bamboo!

Visit the Rose Garden, Palm Garden, 1,000m2 Flower Exhibition Hall (over 1000 species of flowers), and Araucaria Lawn (Deng Xiaoping planted a camphor there).

The Botanical Garden is free before 7AM, making it perfect for daily morning exercises.

Botanical Garden Temples

Tiger Stream Temple (Huxi Yan Si 虎溪岩寺) is on the west side of Drunk ImmortalMtn. (Zuixian Mtn.(醉仙岩), near the Botanical Garden. It's said a tiger lived in one of the caves, so the stone "Immortals' Bridge" (仙人桥) is also called "Cross the Tiger Bridge" (渡虎桥). The area's known for its ancient calligraphic inscriptions on boulders.

Tiger Stream Night Moon (Huxi Yeyue 虎溪夜月) Locals say that on the 15th of the Lunar month, the moon shining upon the clay Buddhist figurines and the clay tiger makes them appear to come alive, and on the evening of Mid-autumn Festival, thousands of pilgrims vie to be the first to watch the moon work its magic.

 

The botanical garden's other temples include Crag in the Clouds Temple (Yunzhongyan Si 云中岩寺), Pacific Crag Temple (Taipingyan Si 太平岩寺), White Deer Cave Temple (Bailudong Si 白鹿洞寺), Purple Cloud Crag Temple (Ziyunyan Si 紫云岩寺), Purple Bamboo Grove Temple (Zizhulin 紫竹林寺), Immortal Crag Temple(万寿岩寺) and Sweet Dew Temple (Ganlu Si 甘露寺). The South Fujian Buddhist College's nunnery is in the Purple Bamboo Grove Temple.

How to get there: take BRT Line1 or Bus 953 to the Railway Station from where take 21 to Yizhong Zhan (一中站) and walk 5mins to the Garden.