Nanmu Forest & Thousand
Island Lake (Qiandao Hu)
Nanmu Forest in Hangzhou, China.
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Nanmu Forest in Hainan, China
Nanmu (Phoebe Nanmu) is one of
the most precious trees in China - the panda of the plant’s kingdom.
Jinsi Nanmu trees having a
diameter of over 15 cm. are priced oz. for oz. over that of gold. Gold is replaceable
and Nanmu is irreplaceable. Nanmu is a kind of tree that takes centuries to
grow. Therefore, priceless.
The wood was utilized as
pillars for the Forbidden City Palace, the throne at the Hall of Supreme
Harmony in the Forbidden City and imperial coffins in the tombs of Chinese
Nanmu tree possesses an oil
that acts as its own natural preservative. With this anti-rot quality, the wood
is also used for architectural wood-work and boat building. It is an extremely
rare wood because of its extraordinarily slow growth rate. It dries well with
minimal warping or splitting. After polish, it exudes a noble sheen, beautiful
grains and fine color shades. All of those qualities were endeared by ancient Chinese architects and
furniture makers. Chinese scholars from the bygone era had a penchant of
caressing the wood and enjoying the tactile pleasure thereof.
With an area of over 4 sq.
km., ours is the biggest and one of the last surviving Nanmu forests in the
world. It has over 30,000 Nanmu trees, mostly between 500-1500 years old. The
tree is an endangered species. Our mission is to protect it the best we can by
allowing as few people into the forest as possible - exclusively for
scientists, VIP guests and club members.
In close proximity to the
forest locates a small airport and one of the most beautiful and pristine lakes
of China - the Thousand Island Lake. The area of the lake is 573 sq. km. and
can be seen on a country map. Its rim covers a distance of over 2000 km. It has
1078 islands and supports dozens kinds of fish. Its crystal clear water has a
visibility of between 7-12 meters and is bottled by two of the most famous
mineral water companies in the nation. Thousand Island Lake is currently the
largest forest park in China. It has been awarded many titles and received
favorable comments from tourists both at home and abroad.
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Nanmu Forest, in the
country-side of Hangzhou, is south-west of and a 3-hour’s drive (180 km) from
Shanghai and a 1.5-hour’s drive from the city center/airport of Hangzhou. It
borders on the south-east side of the Thousand Island Lake. A few hours of sail
away on the lake at its north-west corner lies the most beautiful mountain of
China - Huangshan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a frequent subject of
traditional Chinese paintings and literature.
Moreover, dozens of scenic
spots in the vicinity of the Nanmu Forest await ones discovery. Some of them
have remarkable history, as Hangzhou was the capital of China during the
Southern Song Dynasty, AD 1127-1279. Marco Polo was sent to Hangzhou by the
Yuan Dynasty Emperor Kublai Khan during the late 13th century and referred to
the city as ”beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world”. There
must have been tremendous exchange of ideas and lifestyle between Venice and
Hangzhou. Hangzhou, Suzhou and Venice were all water cities. They were all top
cities in the world at the time. Sophisticated tourists can draw endless
cross-references of the kind when they visit these scenic spots. By fortuitous
coincidence, Nanmu Forest situates right next to the Fuxi Stone Forest (the
first stone forest in East China).
The local cuisine is
distinctive in style and represents an apex of Chinese cooking. The fresh river
and lake fish that are brought up in clean mineral water flowed down from the
nearby verdurous mountains are simply delicious.
Ultra-high level of oxygen and
negative ions, rivers, waterfalls, reservoirs, wild herbs & mushrooms,
organic vegetables, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), taiji, yoga, spa and
Chan (Zen) meditation are but a few of the many natural and holistic goodies at