3. South China Botanical Garden: Bald cypress forest, one of the Eight Sights of Guangzhou
As one of China’s largest botanical gardens, South China Botanical Garden (华南植物园) has a record number of 5,000 tropical and sub tropical plants consisting of both the local varieties and some imported ones such as bald cypress. The bald cypress was introduced into the Garden from the States in 1959. From December to January, bald cypress needles all turn yellow and red, and reflected in the water, they provide one of the garden’s most beautiful views of the year.
This bald cypress forest (named Longdong Qilin, literally ‘Beautiful Scene of Forests in Longdong’) was once one of the Eight Sights of Guangzhou. It is one of the most iconic scenic spots in the garden.
Optimum viewing time: Nov. - Jan.
Opening hours: 07:00 - 17:30
Admission: RMB 20 per ticket
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 6 and get off at Botanical Garden Station (植物园站), then take Exit A to get to the front gate of South China Botanical Garden.