China is one of the countries that boast to have the richest and largest bamboo sources in the world, thus also known as "The Kingdom of Bamboo". Along the thousand years of history since ancient times, bamboo has been playing an important role in Chinese daily life and now it has become an unique culture with profound meaning.
have proved Chinese started using bamboo around 7000 years ago, weapons
like arrows and darts, and some other enterainment tool, all made from
bamboos.Poems and literatures about bamboos are many. The famous poet
Sushi from Song dynasty once said, I would rather eat every meal without
meat than live in a house not built with bamboos. This could be a great
evidence showing what bamboo means in people's life, both materially
You might wonder, why Chinese love those green
sticks that much? When they see bamboo, they see beyond the looks.
Bamboo is tough, straight and unyielding, always green whether it's
sunny spring or snowy winter. Just like the tradition values of Chinese,
life is hard but you need to be tough and never give up that easily.
the homeland of the giant panda, Sichuan province has rich amount of
bamboo, mostly in the southern part. One adult panda could eat up
30-70kg bamboo, no wonder now Sichuan is the only place that has the
most pandas. In recent years, bamboo seeing tour is getting more and
more popular among tourists. There is a few nice bamboo touirsts spot
all over the country but my favorite one is the Anji Bamboo Seas.
might sound new to you but if you once watched the film Crouching Tiger
Hidden Dragon directed by the Oscar winner Ang Lee's, there is a scene
the characters fighting inside the bamboo forests. That is the Bamboo
the Anji Bamboo Seas. It looks beautiful on screen already but when you
really see it, you would still be amazed from head to toe.
Bamboo Seas is located in Anji county of Zhejiang pronvince, covering an
area of more than 6 milion square meters. The tallest bamboo could
reach up to 13 meters, weighted as 120kg or so, regarded as the King of
Bamboo. There is a giant rock at the entrance of the tourists zone,
which was once used for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
through the quiet bamboo forests, with gentle breeze brushing on the
face, my chaos mind studdenly is at peace now. No worries at the moment.
I take a deep breath, taking it all in. Want to slide above the
forests? You got it. All you need to do is to buy a ticket for ropeway
then you adventure is all set. Sliding fast or slow, it's all up to you.
Be careful in case you might hit some eagles. Besides bamboo forests,
you can also visit the Bamboo Culture Museum and Movie set base, or have
a nice meal in the locals.
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