What an enormous disappointment. Not a knowledgeable gardener or English speaker anywhere to be found, even on a busy weekend. Herbarium - closed! Begonia House - Closed! Tropical Greenhouse - Closed! Peculiar Plant House - closed! Cactus House - Closed! Monocot park - closed! Propogation labs - derelict! No English signs anywhere, even in the exhibition hall. Much of the gardens were completely unkempt and overgrown. The bamboo gardens had not been touched in years. This place just goes to show the disdain that the Chinese show for their natural environment. The bus route from downtown was lined with multi billion yuan cigarette factories, but this invaluable botanical resource is obviously seen as a comparative waste of space. Director, Guan Kaiyun should have been sack decades ago for letting the place get into this awful state. Considering that Kunming is possibly the worlds number one bio-diversity hot spot, I would have expected something on par with the Eden Project in the UK, or some of the permaculture farms in Queensland. This in comparison was a sad joke. Unimaginative row planting with no attention paid to landscape or watershed. Badly neglected specimens screaming out for a little TLC. If this is the best that China can do, then god help them in the coming post-industrial age.
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