This botanical garden is in southwestern Shanghai. There is a metro train near there, so travel is more convenient by taking the metro. It is quite big (200 acres), and there are big greenhouses and a wide variety of plants there. It is along a canal and measures about 2 kilometers by half a kilometer in size. It is noted for its medicinal garden, its orchids garden, and the bonsai garden section. The bonsai garden section called the Pengjing Yuan, and you can walk around in a garden looking at rows and clusters of miniature trees. Entry to this bonsai area costs an extra dollar USD. The garden is an interesting place for those who want to see a great variety of plants ranging from tropical plants and endangered species to common garden plants.
There is a tropical greenhouse in a large greenhouse that measures about an acre in area and is about 30 meters tall. There are thousands of tropical plants from all over the world. China has two small rainforest regions in Xishuangbanna in southwest China near Southeast Asia and south of Hong Kong and Hainan Island. You can see rainforest plants preserved there from those two areas. You can also see tropical fruit trees in the Tropical Fruit Tree area such as cocoa and coffee. The tropical greenhouse is a fine place to visit on a cold Shanghai winter day.
In the summer, a fine place to go is the bamboo grove area. It is about 3 hectares or 7.5 acres in area. There, you can see thousands of bamboo plants of about 100 different species. Many foreigners have never seen a natural bamboo grove. So here is a place you can study the kind of plant. If you go in the spring, you can see hundreds of kinds of flowers in bloom.
Other areas of the garden include the Herbal Medicine Garden, the Orchid Garden, and the Hydrophyte Garden. In the Hydrophyte Garden, there are aquatic plants such as waterlilies. There are also plant theme shows each year. An interesting one for kids was the insectivore show. Other theme shows were the Shanghai Flower Show and the South African Flower Show. Along with these for amusement and refreshment, there are playgrounds for kids and restaurants. You can buy plants in various shops and stall areas.