Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
Situated in the east suburbs of Shenzhen, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden leans against Phoenix Tree Mountain which is the highest peak of Shenzhen. It covers an area of 588 ha (2.27 sq mi). Established in 1983, this is a multifunctional botanical garden integrating scientific research, plant species collection and display as well as tourism. In order to better develop the botanical garden, a plant sample exhibition hall, where over 70,000 samples are displayed, has been established.
There are over 12,000 species of plants in Fairy Lake Botanical Garden. Due to the abundant species and advantageous climate, the garden is divided into 17 Special Gardens. They are Butterfly Orchid Garden, Rare Plant Garden, Palm Plant Garden, Bamboo Garden, Peach Garden, Shade Plant Garden, Desert Landscape Garden, Aquatic Plant Garden, Miniascape Garden etc. The whole garden includes six main landscape areas including Paradise on Earth Area, Lake Area, Temple Area, Desert Landscape Area, Fossil Forest Area and Pine and Azalea Area.
Paradise on Earth Area
Paleontological Museum in Fairy Lake Botanical Garden is a multifunctional museum which collects researches and displays the fossil samples of animals and plants. Looking from a distance, you can see the shape of the museum is like the skeleton of a giant dinosaur. It is in this museum that over 9,000 fossil samples are collected. The museum is divided into three exhibition areas: fossil wood exhibition area, animal fossils exhibition area and plant fossils exhibition area.
The fossil wood exhibition area, covering over 20,000 sq meters (about 23,920 sq yd), has a collection of nearly 800 pieces of fossil wood. These collections are mainly from Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, America, Indonesia, South Africa, and Madagascar.
The animal fossils exhibition area presents a large number of animal fossil samples from Rehe fauna in and around Hebei Province, Chengjiang fauna in Yunnan and Kaili fauna in Guizhou. The fossils include many animal species. Among these fossils, Zhanghe Beast Fossil is the treasure of this museum. This beast fossil uncovers the mystery of the early evolution of mammals and provides a basis to study the evolution of oviparous animals to zoogony animals. Besides these, several dinosaur fossils attract the interest of many visitors.
The plant fossils exhibition area mainly displays ancient plants fossils, including algae, fern, gymnosperm and angiosperm, showing visitors the plant eco-environment in the Mesozoic and Neozoic eras.
Fairy Lake Area
Besides, there are other scenic spots in the botanical garden. Such as Sightseeing Pavilion, Dragon Tower, Jade Belt Bridge, Double-Harmony Pavilion etc. The Fairy Lake Botanical Garden is like a botanical kingdom, in which numerous plants present unique charms.
How to get to Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
2. Take bus 27, 113, 214, 333, 336, B621, or M468 to Wutongshan Xinju.
3. Take subway Line 5 or Line 2 to get off at Huangbeiling Station. Getting out from exit C, you can walk to Xinxiu bus stop to transfer to bus 382 to garden directly.
Transportation in the garden:
The exclusive bus from the gate to Buddhism Developing Temple: A bus every 15 minutes (A bus every 5-10 minutes on holidays)
The electric round-tour bus: Buddhism Developing Temple - Lake Area - Miniascape Garden - Desert Landscape Garden - Paleontological Museum - Fossil Forest - Medicine Plant Area - Surf Hearing Pavilion - Double-Harmony Pavilion - Buddhism Developing Temple
Shenzhen Bus / Subway Search
|Entrance Fee||CNY 15; |
CNY 5 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 and 4.9 feet);
Free entry for children below 1.2 meters;
Free for all from 4:00 to 8:00 and 18:00 to 21:30.
|Opening Hours||Fairy Lake Botanical Garden:||04:00 - 21:30|
|Paleontological Museum:||9:00-17:00; |
Closed on Monday.
|Shade Plant Garden, Desert Landscape Garden, Butterfly Orchid Garden and Miniascape Garden:|