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What you should know about Shunan Bamboo Sea

By Zhiyu Wang

January 11

The endless bamboo sea and a lifestyle strongly tied to bamboo makes Shunan Bamboo Sea a popular place for visitors from around the world.

The endless bamboo sea and a lifestyle strongly tied to bamboo makes Shunan Bamboo Sea a popular place for visitors from around the world.

Shunan Bamboo Sea is one of the ten most beautiful forests in China according to a study by Chinese National Geography, a magazine dedicated to China’s outdoors. Located in Yibin of southern Sichuan, it covers more than 4,000 hectares with a vast plantation of bamboos with wavy leaves.

A spot in the Shunan Bamboo Sea [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Guorong]
Bamboo has particular cultural implication in China. Chinese love bamboo because it represents moral integrity and nobility. Besides the aesthetic effects in a Chinese garden landscape, bamboo also plays an essential role in Chinese daily life, being used to make chopsticks and furniture. Bamboo is a panda’s favorite food. Most foreigners are attracted to Bamboo Sea because of the fight scene that took place in the bamboo forest from the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

A waterfall in the Shunan Bamboo Sea [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Guorong]
The mild temperatures all-year-round in Sichuan are good for bamboo. The hills there are covered with various types of bamboo trees, which make this place a hot tourist destination. A narrow path winds through the fragrant bamboo sea.

The bamboo sea
The bamboo sea [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Guorong]
Among its 124 tourist spots, the most famous ones are Guanyun Pavilion (观云亭),Emerald Gallery (翡翠长廊),Longyin Temple (龙吟寺), Colorful Waterfall (七彩瀑布) and Bamboo Museum, where you can see a full exhibition of bamboo products used in a local’s daily life.

The Longyin Temple
The Longyin Temple [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Mao Zhi]
Since Shunan Bamboo Sea has abundant bamboo resources, local people are very good at making full use of the plant in their daily life. A renowned local specialty is All Bamboo Feast, where you can taste fresh bamboo shoots and bamboo fungus. Even the containers used for serving the food are made from bamboo too!

Best time to visit: spring and autumn

Entry: 110 yuan/person in peak season (Jan. 1 –Nov. 30), 60 yuan/person in low season (Dec 1 –Dec. 31).

Opening hours: All day

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