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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

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China - Yunnan - Mengla

Institution Code: HITBC

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Founder of XTBG, Professor Cai Xitao and his associates.
Founder of XTBG, Professor Cai Xitao and his associates.

About the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden (XTBG), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is located in Menglun Township, Mengla County of Yunnan Province.

XTBG is a comprehensive research institution engaged in biodiversity conservation and sustainable uses of plant resources, focusing on forest ecosystem ecology, conservation biology and resource plant development. Facilities available for scientific research include two national field research stations (Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Station, and Ailaoshan Station for Forest Ecosystem Studies); laboratories for Biogeochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Plant Phylogenetics & Conservation Biology, Physiological Ecology; a Germplasm Bank for Rare & Endangered Plants; and a Herbarium of Tropical Plants, etc. Aside from the headquarter in Xishuangbanna, an important division has been setup in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province.

Currently (as of Dec. 2015), XTBG has 345 staff members, including 125 researchers and technical personnel. There are 74 senior researchers (99 PhD holders), 181 postgraduate students (59 of them are doctoral candidates) and postdoctoral or visiting scientists.

Over 13,500 species of plants are well preserved in its 38 living collections.

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XTBG has become one of the “AAAAA” level tourist destinations in China since July 2011.

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Main Address:
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS
Menglun, Mengla
Yunnan 666303 China

Telephone: 86 691 8715460
Fax: 86 691 8715070
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. CHEN Jin
    Curator's Name: Dr. Shi Jipu
    Plant Records Officer's Name: JING Zhaopeng
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 50
    Educational Staff Number: 20
    Research Staff Number: 114
    Administration Staff Number: 45

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1959
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 230 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 370 Hectares
  • Total Area: 1125 Hectares
    Latitude: 21.927321
    Longitude: 101.253862
    Annual Rainfall: 1560 mm
    Altitude: 560.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 700 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 8000 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Jingdong Subtropical Botanical Garden (Planned)
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: 中国科学院西双版纳热带植物园
  • Local Address: 勐仑镇
  • Locality: City: 勐腊县
  • Locality: State: 云南省

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 150000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 6
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 750000
    Number of Volunteers: 30

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 44000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 13500
  • Special Collections:Palms, orchids, bamboo, tropical fruits, shade-plants, ornamental plants, oil plants, medicinal plants, Zingiberaceae, Araceae, Dipterocarpaceae, tropical conifers, aquatic plants, and more, altogether 38 collections.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes