Recently, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (former National Tourism Administration) and the State Administration of TCM jointly announced the first 72 national TCM health tourism model bases. Two from Guangdong made it onto the list, Guangzhou Shennong Caotang Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mount Luofu Tourist Resort.
A national TCM health tourism model base refers to a unit that can steadily conduct TCM health tourism business with distinctive characteristics, scale benefits, good service quality and reputation, and have demonstrative effects, including TCM rehabilitation or health preservation institutions plantation bases of Chinese medical herbs, TCM enterprises and scenic spots, resorts or hotels that can provide TCM health tourism products.
What makes Shennong Caotang Museum a national TCM health tourism model base as well as Guangdong’s first national 4A TCM tourist attraction?
Would you like a guide to the origin, traditions, culture and current situation of traditional Chinese medicine?
Do you want to know more about the plantation of herbs, the production of herbal medicine and the application of TCM in health maintenance?
The Shennong Caotang Museum provides the answers to the above mentioned and more.
Established in 2006, Shennong Caotang Museum is the first semi-enclosed garden-style TCM museum to combine nature and history in order to comprehensively showcase TCM culture, Lingnan medicine, TCM health preservation, homology culture of medicine and food, plantation of medicinal plants and TCM’s cultural significance.
Located to the south of Baiyun Mountain and inside the factory of Guangzhou Baiyunshan and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, Shennong Caotang Museum has already received more than one million visitors from home and abroad and become one of the top tourist destinations for locals and visitors alike.
The museum, a garden-style building group, contains halls, gardens, mansions and pavilions. It subtly combines an explanation of TCM history and culture with an attractive plantation of Chinese herbs.
As a whole, the museum is composed of two major areas: the TCM Garden and the Lingnan Medicine Garden.
In the TCM Garden, there are landscape walls, specimens, simulation processing tools, herbs and so on, presenting the history of TCM, time-honored brands of TCM, plantation of herbs, unique medicinal ingredients and herbs of the Lingnan Region, toxic medicinal materials, etc.
In the Lingnan Medicine Garden, there are four major parts, which are Lingnan medicine, TCM health preservation, the homology culture of medicine and food, and the plantation of medicinal plants. In addition, Wanglaoji herbal tea museum also moved into the garden at the end of 2013.