I live in Shanghai and frequent this botanical garden - so lucky! :) I've seen some negative reviews on here but it really depends on what you are looking for. If you are lucky enough to come during the Cherry Blossom season (don't forget plum and peach blossoms!) ~ then this place is magical. It has a good variety of cherry, plum, and peach trees. It really comes to life in the spring time ~ peonies, tulips, so many roses and other flowers it's mind boggling. There is less blooming in the fall and winter, but the trees and fresh air are still amazing.
There are some conservatories with a great set up of Orchids and trees. The Bonsai and the bamboo gardens can be enjoyed all year round. And of course there are the Osmanthus, Maple, Azalea, and Magnolia gardens! Not to mention various bridges, ponds, and man made caves and pavilions!! There is even a dove house there.
The grounds are quite large so there is a good deal of walking. Especially if you come in at the entrance with the play theme park for kids. Go past that area and you get to the good stuff!
You can even purchase bonsai here! I got a lovely ginkgo bonsai for only 30RMB.
All in all - if you are looking for a peaceful place to enjoy plants, flowers, or perhaps a picnic then this is the place for you. There isn't tons of information on what is there ~ but, if you enjoy just looking at the plants than this place is fantastic.
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