Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden
The Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden,
the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is situated in Xishuangbanna
Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. It is located
in a gourd-shaped peninsula surrounded by the Luosuo River,
a branch of the Mekong River.
The Garden was established in 1959 under
the leadership of Prof. Cai Xitao, a famous botanist in China.
In the 900 ha. areas of the Garden, more than 6,000 species of
tropical plants from both China and abroad have been collected
and cultivated in over 20 plant collections (garden). The Garden
has been const constructed as a botanical garden with the largest
area and the richest plant diversity in China. It has been assessed
and elected to be a top-level tourist scenic spot of China. Each
year, the Garden receives about 500,000 visitors including experts,
scholars and tourists.