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Anji Bamboo Forest Travel Guide

Anji Bamboo Forest Travel Guide

Written by Candice SongUpdated Jul. 31, 2023

Anji Bamboo Forest or Anji Bamboo Sea is located in Anji County, Zhejiang Province, about 1½ hours' driving from Hangzhou and about 4 hours' driving from Shanghai.

Anji Bamboo forest is one of the largest natural bamboo forests in the world and is where the Academy-Award-winning film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was filmed. Anji is hailed as an eco-tourism destination.

Anji Bamboo Forest Anji Bamboo Forest

The Best Things to Do in Anji

Enjoy a Light Hike in Anji's Bamboo Forest.

Anji Bamboo Forest covers 600 square km (230 sq mi) and has been designated as an ecological preservation area. Walking through the bamboo forest is absolutely the best way to enjoy the fresh, green, and natural quietness. The sunshine casts leafy shadows over you through the bamboo, and the breeze whispers in bamboo tones around your ears.

You can cross the historical Bamboo Sea Promenade, visit the King of the Bamboo Sea, view Wunü Lake, and finally climb Bamboo Tower, where you can have a panoramic view of the entire bamboo sea.

It is about a 2-hour walk.

Meet the Lovely Pandas in Anji Bamboo Expo Park.

Anji Bamboo Expo Park is a man-made bamboo museum and a research center housing a variety of manmade bamboo items from all over China and Asia. There are 396 species of bamboo covered there!

You can also meet four lovely pandas in the Panda Garden — bamboo is their favorite food.

Panda Garden Panda Garden

Pick Anji White Tea in Zhongnan Flora and Fauna Park.

Zhongnan Flora and Fauna Park is a nice destination to get close to nature and animals. There is a big white tea (baicha) plantation in the park, where you can taste the tea and enjoy the tea picking experience. You can also take the well-designed sightseeing train ride to enjoy the European pastoral scenery in the park.

Challenge Yourself in Skyland.

Skyland is a paradise for outdoor activities. There you can experience cliff swings, grass skiing, glass walkways, rock climbing, and sky walking. There is also an alpine skiing resort in Skyland, which is one of the better winter skiing resorts around Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Rock Climbing in Skyland

Besides, there are many rafting and hot spots in Anji. Whether you go in summer or winter, you will always find some great things to do in Anji. Contact us for more.

Recommended Anji tour: 2-Day Weekend Getaway to Anji Bamboo Forest

Best Times to Visit Anji

With the average daily temperature ranging from 1–8°C (33–47°F) in January to 25–32°C (77–89°F) in July, Anji can be visited all year around.

Spring (March–May) is a good season to see the Bamboo Forest, and it is also a good time to taste fresh bamboo shoots (a local delicacy) in Anji.

Summer (June–August) is a good time to play on the water. You should not miss the river rafting in Anji at Shenxi and Jingkongli. Anji Bamboo Forest is also a good destination to escape from the hot weather.

Autumn (September–November) is a good time to climb mountains in Anji and enjoy the fall leaves' colors. Nearby Longwang Mountain and Lingdu Mountain are good options.

Winter (December–February) is the season to enjoy snow activities at the ski resorts. You have many choices in Anji, such as Jingnan Tianchi Skiing Resort and Skyland Skiing Resort. After a skiing experience, you can find a hot spring in Anji to relax yourself in.

Anji Rafting Anji Rafting

How to Get to Anji Bamboo Forest

Anji is a kind-of-isolated county in Zhejiang Province, but it is easy for you to get to Anji Bamboo Forest by road from Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Ningbo, which takes about 1½–4 hours. Contact us for a comfortable private transfer.

If you're staying in Shanghai or Ningbo, and do not want a 4-hour driving trip, you can also take a bullet train (about 2 hours) first to Hangzhou, and we can arrange a private transfer for you from Hangzhou Train Station to Anji, which takes about 1½ hours.

Contact us and we'll tailor a Shanghai/Hangzhou/Ningbo trip with Anji Bamboo Forest for you.

Places to Stay in Anji

Anji is small county, but it has many accommodation choices. If you want to stay in the town center with convenient shopping and meals, New Century Resort Anji Bamboo Expo Garden (5*) and Kaiyuan Mingting Hotel (4*) are recommended.

If you want to stay in a hot spring resort, Hentique Resort Anji (4*) and Meilin Holiday Resort (4*) are suggested. There are also many local guesthouses around Anji. We can help you select one to your liking and preferences. For more help, please let us know your specification for a custom-made trip.

Explore Anji with China Highlights

For its bamboo forest, mountains, waters, and pure air, Anji is definitely a good escape from the busy and noisy cities, such as Shanghai or Hangzhou. Let us tailor a trip to match your interests.

Our 2-Day Weekend Getaway to Anji Bamboo Forest could be a good itinerary to start from.

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