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Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzhen and Chinese Academy of Sciences (or Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, or Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, hereafter referred to as SZBG, or the Garden) is a botanical garden with multiple functions, including biodiversity conservation, scientific research, science eduction and tourism. It was first constructed in 1983 and then opened to the public in 1988. SZBG is relatively young, but keeps making amazing progress along with the development in the rest of China. The Garden is one of the premier botanical gardens in China, and has received international recognition.
The missions of SZBG are to preserve tropical and subtropical plants ex situ, to carry out both basic and applied research, to provide insights about urban greening and landscape, and to supply innovative environmental education. We strive to satisfy visitors to the Garden by providing both a picturesque landscape and exceptional service. We have archieved a series of academic accomplishments in basic research, with special reference to certain groups such as cycads, magnolias, bryophytes, ferns, African violet family (Gesneriaceae), and the study of plant genomes. To serve the rapidly growing city of Shenzhen, we have developed core technologies and products in applied research on urban gardening and landscapes, vertical greening, and the utilization of medicinal and ornamental plants. We supply exhibitions and courses in novel ways for the general public, with a special focus on children and teenagers.
Surrounded by verdant hills and clean water, the Garden is a combination of advantageous natural conditions, garden design and sympathetic construction. The garden was carefully planned, designed and constructed from its inception, but ongoing efforts to improve and upgrade both the landscapes and the collections continue to provide new experiences for our visitors. During the tour of the Garden, you will probably forget the thriving and noisy city around you, and be carried away by the Shangri-La of hills, lakes, pavilions, beautiful and intriguing plants, bird song, and the buzzing of pollinating insects.
No matter whether you are a botanist, horticulturalist, tourist, or student, the Garden is a place where you will want to visit and linger.

Dr. ZHANG Guo-Hong
Director, Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden



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