Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 INBAR Bamboo Tour

2013 INBAR Bamboo Tour, 4-15 May, China Date/Time Date(s) - 04/05/2013 - 15/05/2013 All Day
Location Zhejiang, Sichuan and Guangdong Provinces. The objective of the annual bamboo study tours is to share the experience of Chinese bamboo development and to promote bamboo development in other countries. The tours commenced in 2005 and have run annually since 2007. They are very popular and are targeted to those wishing to gain a better understanding of the potential and practice that bamboo-based development have to offer, based on the China experience. To learn more, read the reports of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 bamboo tours and see some photos of the tours. The 2013 Bamboo Tour will visit Zhejiang, Sichuan and Guangdong provinces. The cost in China is 2300$/person covering accommodation, food, transportation and entrance tickets in China during 4-15 May. Participants should cover their international flights and the domestic flights to Hangzhou and from Guangzhou as well as travel insurance and their visa fees. All participants should arrive at the Hangzhou airport on 4 May and will depart from the Guangzhou airport on 15 May. In Zhejiang Province the tour will visit the following: Leading bamboo-flooring manufacturers such as DASSO. DASSO produced the bamboo fireproof ceiling in the Madrid international airport, which won the 2006 Sterling prize. DASSO is also producing the bamboo interior veneer for 70,000 BMW cars per year, 40.3m long bamboo wind turbine blades, and strand woven bamboo lumber and flooring. Companies producing bamboo concrete form and fiberboard, bamboo curtains and mats, bamboo extract such as flavonoid, bamboo beer, bamboo furniture, and bamboo processing machines. Companies specializing in and bamboo shoot processing. Wenzhao (the biggest bamboo charcoal company producing charcoal and vinegar). China Bamboo Charcoal Museum, the only bamboo charcoal museum in the world. Community-level primitive processing workshops (bamboo strips). Anji bamboo product markets (hundreds bamboo products including bamboo clothes). The biggest bamboo botanic garden in the world, Anji Bamboo Garden, which has more than 300 bamboo species plus four giant pandas. The garden is home to the Chinese Bamboo Museum, a high-yield bamboo plantation, a bamboo film production base (eg Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) eco-tourism sites, and an ornamental bamboo nursery. Research institutions like Zhejiang Agro-Forestry University (bamboo products showroom, bamboo charcoal, bamboo tissue culture lab). Local politicians and experts to discuss bamboo sector policies and technology, encouraging enterprisers to invest in other bamboo production countries such as Africa, Asia and America. In Sichuan Province, we will visit the following: Wangjiang bamboo park (home to approximately 200 tropical bamboo species) Living Water Park(illustrates waste water treatment with plants and biotechnology; the park won UNEP award) Dujiangyan irrigation system 2008 Earthquake Museum INBAR bamboo handicrafts training base and China Bamboo Weaving Museum in Qingshen. In Guangdong Province, we will visit the following: Bamboo museum Tropical bamboo plantation Tropical Bamboo processing South China botanic garden (including collection of many tropical bamboos). After the tour 4-15 May, some participants will take part in four-days training course on bamboo cultivation and propagation. Download the tentative schedule and application form. For more information, please contact: Ms. Li Xin and Dr. Fu Jinhe, INBAR E-mail: and

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