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Unfinished business

By Sam Herniman

It is time for me to say goodbye to Xishuangbanna, goodbye to my newfound friends, and goodbye to the wonderful biodiversity that is present here.

Publication date: 1 June 2015

My fantastic experience in Wild Elements

Ruby Hong (Geng Yanhong)

During April, I have taken part in several wonderful activities in Wild Elements, a forest school in Bangor. As an environmental educator from China, I cannot stop thinking the differences of education between China and UK.

Publication date: 27 May 2015

Two Dragons Garden mini-conference

Sophie Williams

Publication date: 28 April 2015

Medicinal Plants and Many People

Ellinor Mary Dobie

Dr. Sarah Edwards had come all the way from Royal Botanic Kew Gardens to Bangor University to give a talk on Medicinal Plants, which I was greatly looking forward to

Publication date: 26 April 2015

Inspiring Nature Journaling

Katie Breneol

March has been an incredible month for me as I visited multiple schools around Xishuangbanna with the wonderful theme of ‘Nature Journaling’.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

The People of China and their Welcoming Hearts

Katie Breneol

I have been warmed by people of China

Publication date: 12 April 2015

Nine essential phrases to get by in Xishuangbanna

Sam Herniman


It’s amazing how few phrases one needs to get by in a foreign country.

Publication date: 29 March 2015

My First Week in Bangor

Geng Yanhong (Ruby Hong)

What would you think of a Chinese woman who began her first staying abroad for several months? I don’t know other people what they will experience and how they will feel, but I do know myself while I stay in Bangor, UK.

Publication date: 26 March 2015

Working alongside China's oldest NGO, Friends of Nature

Katie Breneol

The best days I have spent here at XTBG thus far have been alongside China's oldest NGO, Friends of Nature. The organisation works to raise awareness of the most pressing environmental issues in the country. Their efforts range from protecting endangered species to Environmental Education initiatives aimed to connect people back to nature.

Publication date: 25 March 2015

Lantern Festival workshop in Treborth

By Shanshan

Publication date: 8 March 2015

Bangor University students meet the Duke of Cambridge in China

Conservation students from Bangor University met the Duke of Cambridge while in China.  In the country as part of the 2 Dragon Garden project which links Bangor University’s Treborth Botanic Gardens and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens (XTBG), the students met Prince William while taking part in a conference on illegal wildlife trade being attended by the Duke.

Publication date: 4 March 2015

Learning and working at XTBG

Faith Jones

I realised it was about time I wrote about the work I have been doing here at XTBG

Publication date: 24 February 2015

Where will the children play?

Katie Breneol

What will become of a generation of children who no longer can be found running in the meadows, making mud pies, climbing trees or collecting insects? What will the world look like when these little ones grow and begin making political decisions? What will their values be? Where will nature be found?

Publication date: 21 February 2015

Elephant Skin

Samuel Herniman

If you have ever had the urge to have some elephant skin displayed on your mantelpiece, Xishuangbanna is the place to go.

Publication date: 12 February 2015

Here in China

Katie Breneol

My first impressions of China had been laced with cold, futuristic buildings and layers of smog. Of course there is more to my quick judgements but these were just my thoughts at face value ...

Publication date: 11 February 2015

印象•Treborth花园

Treborth花园依山临海,是掩映在大森林中的一片清幽之地。每一位初访的人,都会陶醉在这自然景色里。初到此地,这里的一草一木便深深地吸引了我,用“野芳发而幽香,佳木秀而繁阴”两句形容再适合不过。

Publication date: 11 February 2015

Noodles – a breakfast revolution

Many people prefer to skip breakfast, perhaps substituting it for a coffee. I am not one of these people. Breakfast is undoubtedly my favourite meal of the day.

Publication date: 28 January 2015

Orchid Art Exhibition in XTBG

Using art to communicate science can be an engaging way to discuss complex conservation topics ...

Publication date: 19 January 2015

Traditional Chinese Medicine use research project

As part of a collaboration between Bangor University and The Confucius Institute, an ethnobotanical research project is being conducted to look at the use of medicinal plant use by Chinese people in North Wales.

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Language on the mountain

Having the confidence to start using an unfamiliar language can be daunting. But when the only conversation available to you at the top of a mountain is Chinese, there is little to do but jump right in!

Publication date: 14 January 2015

Eight things I learnt about Christmas in Xishuangbanna

Christmas in tropical, southern, China is a very different experience from what I am used to. The following is a list of things I learnt over the holiday.

Publication date: 7 January 2015

Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China visit to Bangor University

In November 2014, a group of Professors came from Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China, and visited Bangor University.

Publication date: 7 December 2014

Yang Xi visits Treborth and other Botanic Gardens across the UK

Nice people, beautiful garden, blue sea, great mountains with a lot of sheep, everything in Bangor is amazing. It was really a nice journey to visit UK. Lucky for me, it barely never rained when I visited UK.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Strengthening environmental education research

Publication date: 1 October 2014

Funded internship in China

Publication date: 9 September 2014

Success in EE training

两周时间飞速而过,犹记得第一次见到学员们的情景,

Publication date: 8 September 2014

The Importance of Botanic Gardens

During the fourteen years until last December when I served as Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), I was fortunate to make about thirty visits to botanical institutes and botanic gardens in China.

Publication date: 6 August 2014

It's great to be back at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden!

It is fantastic to be back to Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden! And this time with the aim of designing new training programmes environmental education, thanks to the British Council funding.

Publication date: 6 August 2014

Two Dragons Garden Project

An exciting new Chinese Garden is to be developed at Treborth Botanic Garden, as part of the wider project at Bangor University.

Publication date: 2 May 2014

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