Shanghai Botanical Garden

Why is Shanghai Botanical Garden so Special?

Shanghai Botanical Garden is the biggest municipal botanical garden in China. It has a large collection of thousands of plants, including some rare species. Covering 81.86 hectares, the garden has a renowned penjing garden, as well as collections of magnolias, roses, azaleas, peonies, conifers, maples, osmanthus and bamboo.

Where is Shanghai Botanical Garden? 

The Shanghai Botanical Garden is located in the southwestern suburbs of Shanghai, China, (around 12 km southwest of the city centre) in the Xuhui District.

How to Get There?

  • Take bus 56, 178, 342, 714, 720, 824, 831, 956 or 958 and get off at Luwulu Baiselu Station; take bus Shangfeng Special Line and get off at Shanghai Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station. The conservatory, herb garden and tropical plants house are near this entrance.
  • Take bus 56, 178, 342, 714, 720, 770, 824, 956, 958, or Shangfeng Special Line and get off at Longwulu Longshuinanlu Station. The demonstration garden and Temple of Huang Dao Po are nearby.
  • Take bus 720, 824, or 973 and get off at Baiselu Longchuanbeilu Station. Gardens of maple, osmanthus, rose and bamboo are nearby.
  • Take Metro Line 3, get off at Shilong Rd. Station, and then walk south for five minutes. The Children’s Playground is nearby.


The Shanghai Botanical Garden was established in 1974, and is located on the site of Longhua Nursery. The largest municipal botanic garden in China, it has won prizes in the Netherlands and Canada with plant displays. The garden is not a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, although it is an International Agenda Registrant.


Covering 81.86 hectares, the garden has a diverse collection of Chinese plants, including 3500 species of local regional flora from the Middle and Lower Yangtze River are located in the gardens.
The Penjing Garden was established in 1978 and is 4 hectares (9.9 acres) in size. A penjing museum was added in 1995. The 5000 square metre Tropicarium was opened to the public in 2001. It is a conservatory with 3500 species of tropical and subtropical plants.

Established in 1988, The Magnolia Garden covers 1.51 hectares and has 40 species, including Magnolia denudata, Magnolia liliiflora, Magnolia grandiflora, Magnolia cylindrica, Magnolia amoena, Michelia chapensis, Liriodendron chinense and others, including Magnolia × soulangeana. Established in 1980, the Peony Garden covers 3.24 hectares and has 120 cultivars of tree peony that were developed in China.

The Bamboo Garden was established in 1978 and has 74 species of bamboo across its 3.6 hectares. The 5.33 hectares of the Conifer Garden contain 280 species and varieties of conifer.

The garden employs a hundred horticultural staff, ten educational staff and thirty research staff.

Useful Travel Tips

  • Ticket Fee:

Admission Fee: CNY 15
Conservatory: CNY 30
Bonsai Garden: CNY 7
Orchid Garden: CNY 7
Combo Ticket: CNY 40
Children under 1.3 m (4.3 ft) can visit the botanical garden for free.

  • Opening Hours: Open Area: 7:00 – 17:00; Gardens and Exhibition Halls: 8:30 – 16:30
  •  You can rent a wheelchair or a children bike at each entrance of the garden.

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Edited by Olive Zhang/张银芳