Introduction of Xi’an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Province
Xi’an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Province (XABG) was founded in 1959 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which was the first botanical garden built in the northwest of China. In 1978, it was handed over to Shaanxi Province, and from then on it is under the administration of Shaanxi Academy of Sciences. In 2006, XABG and the Institute of Botany of Shaanxi Province were implemented “two brands for one unit”. Approved by the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government in 2011, a new site of XABG which located in Qujiang New District and covered an area of 43 hectares, had been built and opened to the public from 1st, Oct, 2016. Meanwhile, the 12 hectares original garden was also retained.
Xi'an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Province is a comprehensive public welfare institution and a member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International（BGCI）. It has by tradition been engaged in collection and conservation of plant species. Simultaneously, its attention is concentrated on plant science research, botanical garden construction and science popularization education. Through continuous collection and introduction for 60 years, totally 4,200 plant species, cultivars and varieties are in situ conserved in our garden, including more than 80 rare and endangered species and 500 medicinal plants. XABG has formed its own characteristics and advantages in plant protection and utilization, ornamental flowers research, medicinal plant research and ecological restoration. Over the years, more than 100 national and local scientific and technological awards have been obtained for its research findings. At present, Xi’an Botanical Garden maintains scientific and technological cooperation as well as business transaction with more than 100 botanical gardens in over 40 countries and regions, which has played an important role in promoting domestic influence and international image of Xi’an metropolis.
As an education base of national, provincial and municipal for science popularization and science & technology innovation for teenagers, Xi’an botanical garden has being paid great attention to science popularization education. Since its opening to the public in 1984, Xi'an Botanical Garden has undertaken a series of activities for dissemination of scientific knowledge, such as “National Public Science Day”, “Spring of Science and Technology”, “Academic Golden Autumn”, “Bring Technology to the Countryside” and “Science and Technology Activities Week”, which have made great contributions to improving the scientific and cultural quality of the public.