Beijing Botanical Gardens (北京植物园)

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Wofo Si Lu

Within its four million square metres (990 acres) of conservatories, hot rooms and outside gardens, Beijing’s botanical gardens boast over 6,000 species of plants, including tropical varieties, water plants such as lotuses and lilies, and species used to make Chinese medicines and rarities such as a sequoia that was discovered in China after it had been thought extinct for millions of years. There is a magnificent peony garden, which is best to visit in May, also the time to catch the large number of fruit trees flowering. Blossom-related exhibitions and festivals are held at the gardens at this time of year.


Don't miss Wofosi Temple, which hails from the Tang dynasty, set into the mountain cliffs and containing a 5m (16.4ft) long reclining Buddha.


Get there Take the subway to Botanical Garden station (Xijiao Line). It's a 15-minute walk from there.

Venue name: Beijing Botanical Gardens (北京植物园)
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Opening hours: Summer 7am-9pm daily; winter 7am-7pm daily.
Admission: 5-10RMB
English address: Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian district
Chinese address: 海淀区香山卧佛寺路

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