Bamboo Groves of the East

Bamboo Forests

In different countries where bamboo grows, there are small, medium and vast areas occupied by this plant. Some of them are of particular interest because of their beauty, unusual facts, accessibility to tourists, and other parameters. This article briefly describes just a few of them, country by country.

Tiger in the bamboo thickets of Kanha National Park in India

China

China has the second largest area of bamboo forests in Asia at 50,000 square kilometers and the third largest in the world. They are mainly concentrated in the southwestern part of the Han range. There is a saying in China: “In the southeast look at the sea, in the northeast look at the sea of forests, in the northwest look at the sea of sand, in the southwest look at the sea of bamboo”.

The Shunan Bamboo Forest is located in the Liantian Mountains of Sichuan Province, 60 kilometers from Yibin City. It is among the top ten most beautiful forests in China, not only bamboo forests, but also others. The forest covers an area of 120 square kilometers. It has many waterfalls and lakes. There are ropeways for tourists. Sometimes this area is called “bamboo sea”. There are 400 species of this plant growing here. They are also represented in the local bamboo museum. The movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was filmed in this forest.

One of the most famous is the bamboo forest in the reserve near Anzhi in Zhejiang Province. The forest near Anzhi is as attractive to tourists as the Sagano Forest in Japan. It too is now equipped with paths for visitors. The height of the bamboo there is about the same, about 20 meters. Anzhi is considered the center of ecological production in China. It has many factories, for the production of bamboo parquet and other products.

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A large bamboo forest grows 12 km northwest of Kunming City in southwest China, and the Bamboo Temple stands in it. According to legend, this forest arose when unusual-looking monks stuck their staffs into the ground. The temple was built during the early Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). All in all, bamboo covers about 3,000 square kilometers in this province. The young shoots of some species serve as food for the local population.

India

Of all countries in the world, India has the most area under bamboo growing in the wild – 113 thousand square kilometers. However, it has less species diversity than China. In India, it grows from coastal lowlands to mountains up to 2,000 meters high. For the most part, it occupies abandoned agricultural areas that have been exploited for centuries.

Bamboo can be admired in Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, 160 km southeast of Jabalpur. These places inspired the English writer Kipling to write his novel The Jungle Book. It is Madhya Pradesh that has the largest area under bamboo in India, over 18,000 square kilometers. It is followed by Maharashtra by a wide margin, as well as Mizoram, Assam and other states located in the remote triangle between China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In Japan.

Compared to other Asian countries, Japan has only 1,500 square kilometers of bamboo forests. But, bamboo in this country is sung in poetry and prose no worse than in China.

The forest in Arashiyama, a few kilometers west of the city of Kyoto, ranks first in Japan. It is called the Sagano Bamboo Forest and is one of the many attractions of Kyoto, one of the ancient capitals of Japan. Those who have visited this forest note its uniqueness, not unlike a forest of trees. They say you get the feeling that you are on another planet. The bamboo in these bushes is very high – up to 20 meters. Unlike the tree forest, all bamboo trunks here are almost the same height and they are all green in summer. There are paths for pedestrians through the bushes, and the forest surrounds them almost by a solid wall. Pedestrians may feel as if they are in the midst of a giant grass, which, in fact, they are.

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A part of another famous forest in Kamakura is adapted for tourists. It is called the Hokoku-ji Bamboo Garden (Hokoku-ji). The name comes from the Hokoku-ji temple. The resort town of Kamakura is only an hour’s drive from central Tokyo. It is one of the ancient capitals of Japan.

Among the other bamboo forests of Japan is the one that grows near Hiroshima. After the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on this city in 1945, 80,000 of its inhabitants and all life in and around the city were instantly killed. It was the bamboo bushes that were the first to recover, followed by other plants. A similar case took place in Vietnam, in the Cattien Nature Reserve, but in the early 70s of the 20th century. The Americans poisoned half of this reserve with dioxin and the first plant to recover was bamboo.

In other Asian countries.

Bamboo forests grow in all the countries of Southeast Asia. Most of them are in Indonesia – 20 thousand square kilometers. They are also widespread in Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar.

A lot of bamboo grows on the Indonesian island of Bali, which is very popular with tourists. Therefore, there is a good opportunity to admire this plant in nature relatively close to the hotels.

One of the most northern areas with bamboo is Korea. Also thickets with some non-tree species can be found even further north – on Sakhalin and the Southern Kurils. But this is Russia.

America

Bamboo forests or groves are found in every country in the Americas except Canada. It grows the most in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon. In total, bamboo forests in this country occupy about 90,000 square kilometers – the second largest in the world after India.

In the U.S., many hobbyists raise it in their homes on significant acreage.

Painting of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove. 19th century or earlier.

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Africa

Two-thirds of the African bamboo is thought to grow in Ethiopia, its western part where the humid air of the Atlantic reaches. It covers an area of 8,000 to 10,000 square kilometers in that country. According to other estimates, Nigeria has twice as much land under bamboo as Ethiopia.

To the west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the climate is quite humid, unlike in the east. Large rivers flow here, including the Blue Nile, and there are national parks with rich vegetation, including bamboo. Bamboos here form clumps in open glades and edges, less often in the depths of forests.

The tree-like bamboo Arundinaria alpina in Ethiopia reaches a height of 18 meters and a trunk diameter of 13 cm. In addition to the tree bamboo, there is the low bush bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica.

Abkhazia

The closest bamboo forest to the European part of Russia is in Abkhazia, in Tsandrypsh, a few kilometers from Russia’s Adler. More precisely, it is not a forest, but a grove because the area of thickets is not large.

In addition, there are bamboo groves in Pitsunda and Gagra. There are plantations in Sukhumi Botanical Garden.

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