Hangzhou Botanical Garden

Covering an area of about 230 hectares (approx. 568 acres), the Hangzhou Botanical Garden can be found at the foot of Jade Spring Hill in the northwest end of West Lake. It was originally built in 1965, and is not only a park in which to feast your eyes on beautiful plants, but also a research base where fields such as the cultivation of plants and protection of environment are studied.

Hangzhou Botanical GardenHangzhou Botanical Garden has wonderful scenery and an excellent environment. It is beautiful, with decorative architecture including pavilions and kiosks. Verdant trees, colorful and lovely flowers, and extremely fresh air seem to bring people into a world full of the pleasure of natural beauty.

The garden is divided into two main sections: the research section and the pleasure gardens. The research section is where the cultivation of plants and protection of the environment are being studied. The pleasure gardens are divided into gardens including the Botany Classification Garden, Botany Appreciation Garden, Bamboo Garden, Garden of Economic Plants, Plant Resources Museum, and the Medicinal Garden. In the Botany Appreciation Garden, the 'Lingfeng Tanmei' in the Hangzhou Botanical Garden is an excellent scene that really catches tourists' eyes: Over 5,000 plum trees are standing upright. When winter comes, the majestic and charming picture of plum trees stretching up, towards the cold wind and snowflakes falling onto plum blossoms is an amazing sight.

Each garden has unique features. The Bamboo Garden is special and interesting: A kind of bamboo named Damaozhu grows very fast - reaching 1 meter (approx. 3 feet) in height during one night and growing as tall as a three-stories building during one month. Some bamboos are small like grass, and some have spots on stems. In the Garden of Economic Plants, plants are visible which can be used to produce fiber, medicine, flavors, or special kinds of industrial materials. They provide tourists not only with the wonderful scenery of flourishing trees but also an ideal place for summering.

Some entertainment facilities in Hangzhou Botanical Garden offer tourists a chance to relax to their hearts content. No matter what season it is, the garden will give tourists endless pleasure. The beautiful Yulan trees in spring, the leisure hours spent viewing the lotus or on the hammock forest in summer, the fragrance of sweet-scented-osmanthus in autumn, the pines and bamboos which are still green and vigorous in winter add great pleasure to any visit here.


How to get to Hangzhou Botanical Garden

Take bus 7, 15, 27, 28, 82, 87, 103, 103b, 807, j13, or jy6 and get off at Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station.
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Entrance Fee CNY 10 for adults;
CNY 5 for children between 1.2 - 1.5 meters (3.9 and 4.9 feet);
Free for children below 1.2 meters.
Opening Hours 7:00 - 17:30

- Last updated on Feb. 14, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Hangzhou Botanical Garden
Asked by Lisa from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 14, 2021 02:02Reply
what is the closest metro station to the botanical gardens entrance?
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Answered by Judith | Feb. 14, 2021 16:21

The nearest one is Gucui Road Station on subway line 2. The distance is around 3 kilometers.
Asked by David from SPAIN | Nov. 17, 2019 09:09Reply
Is it possible to buy bonsai in Hangzhou Botanical Garden?
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Answered by Vivian from SINGAPORE | Nov. 20, 2019 16:41

I think there is no store in the botanical garden so you can't buy bonsai.
Asked by lea from FRANCE | Oct. 28, 2019 22:35Reply
Hi ! what is the estimation of the time visit of Hangzhou Botanical Garden?
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Answered by Cindy from ITALY | Oct. 30, 2019 18:49

Half a day will be enough.
Asked by M from CHINA | Sep. 03, 2015 00:40Reply
How far is Hangzhou Botanical Garden from zhejiang university, zheda road?
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Answered by Sherly from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 04, 2015 01:52

The distance is about 1.3 miles.
Asked by Wan Yew Leong from MALAYSIA | Nov. 29, 2012 00:19Reply
What is the best time to visit to witness the flowering of the peach blossom?
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Answered by Cindy | Nov. 29, 2012 03:03

Around March is the best season to enjoy the peach blossom.
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