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[Travel Guide] [Yunnan] Wantianshu Scenic Area Of Mengla [Copy link] 中文

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Wangtianshu (Shorea chinensis) Scenic Attraction is located in Mengla County of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. It is 130 kilometers away from Jinghong and 370 kilometers from Luang Prabang-a world cultural heritage site of Laos. Wangtianshu (Shorea chinensis) Scenic Attraction is the only oasis at 21 degrees north latitude, and has been recognized internationally as China’s unique tropical rainforest. What is the most impressive in the park are the towering Shorea chinensis (Sky Trees) that are the rainforest iconic images in South and Southeast Asia. An Aerial Corridor (Kong Zhong Zou Lang), 100 meters long and 36 meters high, has been built on the high canopies. It remains a challenge to both visitors and scientists. The well-protected tropical rainforest that was discovered by the Chinese reputed botanist Mr. Cai Xitao (1911-1981) and witnessed by Prince Philip of the UK, surprised many people when it was unveiled to the outside world.

The rainforest exhibits a high bio-diversity beyond one’s imagination. Only the arboreal layer can be further classified into three to four detailed sub-layers. The forest is full of adnascent plants and entwining rattans which can totally extend miles if flattened. Aged stems incredibly bear clusters of blossoms and fruits. In order to get more sun light, lots of herbal plants have grown huge leaves that can shelter several people from the rain.

There are 5 spectacular sights in the forest park: (1)-Buttressed base roots; (2)-Plants strangling; (3)-Old stem bearing blossoms and fruits; (4)-Parasitic and adnascent plants; (5)-Drip-dip leaves.

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