Xianhu Botanic Garden
Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden has long been praised as a haven of peace and harmony, for here grows over 3,000 species of plants in such a Chinese classic garden.
Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden built in 1983 is a renowned botanical garden and scenic area, and functions as a center for scientific research, education and tourism. There are more than 6,200 species of plants preserved in different divisions, such as International Ex Situ Conservation Center for Cycads, International Magnolia Garden, Rare and Endangered Trees Garden, Palm Garden, Cacti and Succulents, Aquatic Plants Garden, Cryptogamic Garden, Gymnosperms Garden, Bamboos Garden, Medicinal Plants Garden, Shady Plants Garden, and Bonsai Garden, etc.
The whole garden is separated into six major scenic areas, namely, the Heaven and Earth Area, the Lake Area, the Temple Area, the Desert Landscape Area, Petrified Forest Area and the Conifers and Azalea Area. And many Chinese classic garden buildings are distributed randomly in these areas, like Jade Belt Bridge, Liangyi Pavilion, Longzhun Tower and Lansheng Pavilion. Beside, the Palaeontological Museum is also located inside the garden, exhibiting all kinds of fossils.
Blanketed with lush lawn and various trees, Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden provides every visitor with an earthly heaven combining the beautiful nature and garden landscape.
It is a perfect place for many plants to grow, because the garden surrounded by mountains and embedded with a lake features rich and thick soil and friendly climate.
The garden is fortunate to collect over 600 kinds of cacti and succulents, most of which came from America and Africa. Because they differ in shape and color, these plants become more and more popular among visitors. Therefore, the garden built an over 10,000 square meter Desert Landscape Area, which mainly consists of three large gardens, American Garden, Asian Garden and African Garden.
Built in 1985, Hongfa Temple has become the most popular and influential Buddhism Temple in Shenzhen. It faces the Fairy Lake, with its back against a steep cliff.
Location: No.160, Xianhu Road, Liantang, Luohu District Shenzhen
If setting off from the railway station, visitors can take No. 220 bus to the stop of Fairy Lake Botanical Garden.
If setting off from Shenzhen Airport, visitors can take Airport Shuttle Line 6 (306) to Yinhu bus station, and transfer to No. 218 bus to the stop of Fairy Lake Botanical Garden.
Other city buses, like 27,57,65,111,113，K113，218,220,311,333,336 and 382 can take you there as well.
Full Ticket: 20 Yuan for adults and children over 1.4 meters tall.
Half Ticket: 10 Yuan for children within 1.1-1.4 meters and the senior from 60-69 years old
Free Ticket: Children below 1.1 meters, elders over 70 years old and the disabled
Opening Hours: 6: 00-23: 00
I updated this article on December 6, 2012
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