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Rare Botanical Garden

Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000

Xinglong Botanical Garden

The first botanical garden open to tourists in China, Xinglong has a long and storied history. The 400,000-square-meter space features more than 1,200 tropical plants, and walking the entire garden in one day is impossible.

For someone like me who grew up in the Midwestern U.S., the most interesting part of the garden is the "local products area," where you can see how cocoa, bananas, pineapples, coconuts, and other fruits are grown and harvested. You can even buy many of them right there and indulge in a mango that's still warm from hanging in the sun.