Great Bamboo Sea of China, Anji

great bamboo sea of china

The Great Bamboo Sea of China (中国大竹海), located in Anji County, Zhejiang Province, is the largest bamboo-themed ecological and leisure tourism area in southeastern China. Renowned for its stunning scenes in Ang Lee’s film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the area features vast stretches of giant bamboo that blanket the mountains and valleys, creating a breathtaking and serene landscape.

The bamboo here is primarily Moso bamboo, which grows densely across the hills. The bamboo stalks are notably robust, with diameters commonly exceeding 10 centimeters and some reaching up to 17 centimeters, earning a place in the China Agriculture Exhibition Hall for their impressive size.

Covering an area of 6.67 million square meters, the Great Bamboo Sea showcases a pristine natural environment where bamboo seamlessly integrates with the surrounding mountains and waterways, creating a continuous vista of lush greenery. This extensive bamboo forest is not only a major source of raw materials for bamboo crafts but also serves as a research base for Moso bamboo across seventeen countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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Basic Information

Estimated Length of Tour2 – 3 hours
Ticket Price58 RMB
Opening Hours8.00 – 17.00 (1st May – 31st October)
8.00 – 16.30 (1st November – 30th April)
Telephone Number0086-0572-5210999

Location and Transportation

The Great Bamboo Sea of China is located in Wuhe Village, Tianhuangping Town, Anji County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province. To get there, you can choose one of the following ways:

From Anji Bus Station: Take bus number 203 to Gangkou, which takes about 30 minutes and costs 4 yuan. From Gangkou, you can take a minibus to the scenic area for a fare of 10-15 yuan one way.

From Anji County Town (Dipuzhen 递铺镇): There are direct buses to the Great Bamboo Sea. These buses run every 20 minutes, with a travel time of approximately 40 minutes and a fare of 4 yuan.

Highlights of the Great Bamboo Sea of China

Bamboo Sea Corridor

corridor in great bamboo sea of china

The Bamboo Sea Corridor is a scenic walkway divided into three distinct sections, each with its own unique meaning and charm:

  1. Four-Cornered Corridor (“Sijiaolang”): Symbolizing peace and stability throughout the four seasons, this section is designed to provide a sense of calm and balance as you stroll through it.
  2. Six-Cornered Corridor (“Liujiaolang”): Representing good fortune and success, the Six-Cornered Corridor is adorned with bamboo chairs known as “Beauty Rests” (“Meirenkao”). These seats invite visitors to take a break and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
  3. Suspended Corridor (“Ziqi Donglai Xuankonglang”): Signifying grace and an ethereal presence, this elevated walkway is flanked by rare purple bamboo (also known as black bamboo). This type of bamboo is prized not only for its aesthetic appeal but also as a high-quality material for making items such as fishing rods and walking sticks. In local traditions, grooms use a purple bamboo rod to lift the bridal veil, symbolizing prosperity and happiness. Visitors can touch the bamboo for a bit of good fortune to take home.

Bamboo Viewing Tower

bamboo viewing tower in great bamboo sea of china

Perched at the highest point of the Great Bamboo Sea, the Bamboo Viewing Tower offers a breathtaking vantage point. From this elevated position, you can see rolling hills blanketed in a sea of green Moso bamboo. The sight of bamboo swaying gently in the breeze creates a mesmerizing view, and the sound of rustling leaves adds to the tranquil ambiance. This panoramic vista highlights the sheer scale and beauty of the bamboo forest, providing an unforgettable experience for nature lovers.

Five Daughters Spring

spring in great bamboo sea of china

The Five Daughters Spring is a series of five unique springs, each with its own story and special significance:

  1. Healing Spring (“Jieyang Quan”): Known for its curative properties, the water from this spring is believed to help alleviate ailments and ward off misfortune.
  2. Filial Piety Spring (“Xiaozhi Quan”): Named after the stories of filial sons from Anji, such as Meng Zong who wept over bamboo shoots and Guo Ju who buried his son to find gold. This spring honors these tales of devotion and respect for parents.
  3. Treasure Spring (“Xiyuan Quan”): Shaped like the number eight, which is considered auspicious in Chinese culture, this spring is also known as the Wealth Spring. Visitors often wash their hands in the water to bring prosperity and good fortune back home.
  4. Progeny Spring (“Wenzi Quan”): Those hoping to have children come to this spring to wash their faces, believing it will bring them blessings of offspring.
  5. Five Daughters Spring: This is the source spring for the other four smaller springs. The water here is continually cool in summer and warm in winter, offering a pure and refreshing taste. Believed to be imbued with a mystical quality due to its origin in the underground waters of the Great Bamboo Sea, the spring water is rich in beneficial minerals and remains unpolluted.

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