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The 10,000 Rock Botanical Garden (Wnsh Zhwyun ʯֲ԰), has more rocks than our university cafeteria rice, and beautifully landscaped trails winding amongst 20+ nurseries with over 5,300 kinds of tropical and subtropical plants, many found nowhere else on earth (or China either).

The first of its kind in China, and Chinas 1st ISO-authenticated garden, this delightful botanical oasis was opened in 1960 right in downtown Ximn, and covers 2.27 square kilometers (none are actually square).
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Koxinga stationed some of his troops in this area, and often came here to read, as did many other great men, evidently. The granite boulders throughout the garden are graced with ancient men of letters calligraphic inscriptions (ancient graffiti sanctified by age).

Giant boulders with names like Laughing Rock (Tipng Shxio̫ƽʯЦ) are strewn across the picturesque hills. Below ground are dozens of caves (Chinese call any space between two rocks a cave).
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My favorite sites include:
Xiamen Botanical Garden
Wnsh Lake (Wnshh ʯ), a reservoir built in 1952.
Spring & Autumn Bridge (Chnqi Qio ) connects the Bamboo Path and the Palm Garden.

Conifer Garden: over 80 species of pines, cypress and firs, including sequoia (found only in California and Central China) and gingko, which Chinese claim have been around 2 billion years. (Theyd know, I guess).

The Bamboo Path is my personal favorite. Chinese have long said, Better no meat than no bamboo, because bamboo has well over 1,000 uses, and China has over 200 of the worlds 1000 species of bamboo. In North Fjin you can even find a rare square bamboo! (They should feed square bamboo to pandas; theyd be sure to get a square meal).

Xiamen Botanical Garden by the Buddhist NunneryAlso visit the Rose Garden, Palm Garden, the 1,000m2 Flower Exhibition Hall (over 1000 species of flowers), and the Araucaria Lawn, which has a camphor tree planted by Dng Xiopng. Turn to the Religion chapter for an introduction to the many temples, and the story behind the legend, No wife and no monkey.
The Botanical Garden is free before 7 AM, making it perfect for daily morning exercises.

Botanical Garden Temples

Tiger Stream Temple (Hx Yn S Ϫ is on the west side of Drunk Immortal Mtn. (Zuxin Mtn. ( ), near the Botanical Garden. Its said a tiger lived in one of the caves, so the stone Immortals Bridge () is also called Cross the Tiger Bridge ("ɻ ). The areas known for its ancient calligraphic inscriptions on boulders (but what Chinese boulders dont have calligraphy?).
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Tiger Stream Night Moon (Hx Yyu Ϫҹ) Locals say that on the 15th of the Lunar month, the moon shining upon the clay Buddhist figurines and the clay tiger makes them appear to come alive, and on the evening of Mid-autumn Festival, thousands of pilgrims vie to be the first to watch the moon work its magic.
Add: Hyun L, near Botanical Garden. Tel: 2021732
Tiger Stream Vegetarian Restaurant Ϫز͹ Tel: 2121799

Wn Shlin Temple (Wn Shlin Sʯ) in the Botanical Garden, was built in the late Ming Dynasty by General Shlng. The gate has a pair of antithetical couplets written by the famous Master Hngy (һʦ).

Border of Heaven Temple (Tinji S ), also in the Botanical Garden, is famous for its morning bell, (Tinji Xiozhng) which is poetically described as Dawn Bell Ringing from Heavens Border. Tinji is also famous for the saying story of Tinji Learner and the common Ximn saying, No wife, no monkey (see Ximn Legends chapter).

The botanical gardens other temples include include Crag in the Clouds Temple (Ynzhngyn S), Pacific Crag Temple (Tipngyn S̫ƽ), White Deer Cave Temple (Bildng S ¹), Purple Cloud Crag Temple (Zynyn S ), Purple Bamboo Grove Temple (Zzhln ), Immortal Crag Temple, ) and Sweet Dew Temple (Gnl S ¶). The South Fjin Buddhist Colleges nunnery is in the Purple Bamboo Grove Temple.
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Getting There: Take bus #17, or a taxi. The garden is opposite the Martyrs Memorial (Ximn Lish Lngyun ʿ԰ and the Wan Peony Hotel, about 5 minutes from the Ximn City Hotel (just outside the tunnel from XMU). But more adventurous souls hike over the mountains above XMUs Lovers Lake...

Ascend the serpentine trail, a relic of Japanese occupation days, past Heavenly Bestow Mineral Water Co. Cross the bridge and continue past the sign that says No foreigners beyond this sign. The trail eventually crosses the forested crest, where tigers roamed 60 years ago, and where not long ago they found a 30 foot reticulated python.
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But fear not! Reticulated pythons are rarer than Monty Pythons, and fear us more than we fear them. Or so Im told. But has anyone told them? Two hours north, in Koxingas hometown of Nan An, a python ate a farmer and two kids (in separate sittings). I suspect the locals now find the snake fears man story a bit hard to swallow.

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