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Beijing Botanical Garden

The first thing you'll notice about the Beijing Botanical Garden is that it's huge. More than 450 staff members, including 350 groundskeepers, work in the garden, which covers 200 hectares, according to Liu Zonglai of the park management office. Attractions include China's largest rose garden, Yellow Leaf Village (Huangyecun), a Bonsai garden which is said to include a 1,300-year-old ginkgo, Potted landscapes, Reclining Buddha Temple, Peony garden (best in May) and red peach blossom garden. The Potted Landscape (Bonsai) Garden is an important exhibition area in the Beijing Botanical Garden. Occupying a total area of about 20,000 square metres, it is one of the largest potted landscape gardens in China.

The Bonsai garden is divided into two parts: internal exhibition and external exhibition. The internal exhibition is further divided into the Exhibition Hall of Fine Potted landscapes, the Comprehensive Exhibition Hall and the Exhibition Hall for Different Schools, Which exhibits some of the outstanding works from Beijing and the other parts of China. The external exhibition, however, is composed of four gardens which mainly manifest large scale outdoor planted miniature gardens. More than 70 of these miniature trees are over 100 years old. Among all the plantations, the largest one, an ginkgo stump named "Feng Shuang Jing Lv"(Weather-beaten strong contingent), is estimated to be more than 1,300 years old.

The Beijing Botanical Garden, located at the base of the Fragrant Hills, is open from 6:30am to 8pm every day and costs ยด4. Take bus 360 (from the Beijing Zoo), bus 333 (from the Summer Palace), or direct your taxi to "Wofosi" or "Zhiwuyuan." The trip takes roughly an hour from downtown. Tel: 62591283

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