Beautiful Bamboo Forests [40 PICS]

June 19th, 2013 Permalink

Bamboo is a grass, but many of the larger bamboo species look like trees. Grown close to each other, they make up amazing forests. Here’s a look at some of those beautiful bamboo forests found worldwide. [40 Photos]

Bamboo woods in Japan

Bamboo woods in Japan, but bamboo forests are located all over the world . . . including the USA. Photo #1 by digicacy

Oahu, the Secret Path Through the Bamboo Forest

Oahu, the Secret Path Through the Bamboo Forest. Did you know? There are 1,450 species of bamboo species that grow in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. Photo #2 by Trey Ratcliff


The bamboo forest in Kyoto, at the Arashiyama area

The bamboo forest in Kyoto, at the Arashiyama area. It can get very crowded along the path so a clear shot of the incredible bamboo forest is a great and lucky shot. Speaking of “Lucky,” did you know that “Lucky Bamboo, sold in stores and flea markets, growing in water is NOT A BAMBOO. Botanically it is known as Dracaena sanderana.” Photo #3 by Weijie~

Inside the bamboo forest of Kyoto Japan

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth; some species can grow 39 inches (100 cm) in only 24 hours. Photo #4 by David Lanham

trail through the bamboo forest in Koali, Hawaii

This trail through the bamboo forest in Koali, Hawaii, ends at a gorgeous waterfall. Photo #5 by Chris Taleye

Sagano Bamboo forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto

Sagano Bamboo forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto. Some types of bamboo grow up to about 115 feet (35 meters) in height, while others reach only about 1.5 feet (half a meter) tall. Photo #6 by Casey Yee from Vancouver, BC, Canada

The bamboo forest at Hōkohu-ji, Kamakura

Bamboo survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and, in 1945, was the first re-greening after the blast. Photo #7 by Urashimataro

Stairs leading to the Ocean of Bamboo at Huangshan

Stairs leading to the “Ocean of Bamboo” at Huangshan, China, Yellow Mountain area. Photo #8 by Chi King

Duel at bamboo forest

Duel at bamboo forest in an Indonesian village. Photo #9 by alex hanoko

Exploring Korea's biggest bamboo forest, Jungnokwon

Exploring Korea’s biggest bamboo forest: Jungnokwon. Photo #10 by Nomad Within (Pete DeMarco)

Sunlight shining into Malaysia and Maui bamboo forests

Beautiful bamboo forests in: Semungkis, Malaysia (Left) and Maui (Right). Photo #11 by Amani Hasan & #12 by Maik-T. Šebenik

Giant bamboo forest - Fushimi Inari

Near Fushimi Inari shinto shrine, Kyoto. When bamboo flowers, they all flower at the same time. However most bamboo species flower infrequently; some only flower at intervals of every 65 to 120 years. Photo #13 by Stéfan Le Dû

Bamboo forest at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Southern California

Bamboo forest at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Southern California. Photo #14 by odonata98

Bamboo forest in Nagaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture, JP

Forest in Nagaoka-gun, Japan. Photo #15 by Max Wheeler

Green Bamboo sea

Green Bamboo sea in China. Photo #16 by JaCZ

Bamboo forest

It is supposed to be soothing to be within a bamboo grove as the wind is lightly blowing, causing the tall bamboo stalks to sway gently back and forth. Photo #17 by mikuratv / Mamoru Masumoto

Water and mountains, entering the bamboo forest

Entering the bamboo forest. Did you know? “1854 – Henricg Globel, a German watchmaker, invented the first true lightbulb. He used a carbonized bamboo filament placed inside a glass bulb.” Then in “1880 – Edison continued to improved his lightbulb until it could last for over 1200 hours using a bamboo-derived filament.” Photo #18 by Vernon Fowler

Dense green bamboo forest

At Thomas Edison`s winter home in Ft. Myers, he “also built a swimming pool in 1900 using bamboo instead of steel rods for reinforcing the Edison Portland Cement walls. The pool still works fine and has no leaks.” Photo #19 by PublicDomainPictures

DamYang Bamboo forest

Damyang in South Korea “is one of the northernmost places where bamboo can be found on the Korean peninsula, and its bamboo forests are well-known among Koreans. Many touristic attractions have been created to leverage on that reputation: a Bamboo Theme Park / Daenamugol, a Bamboo Museum, a Bamboo Festival, a park filled with green bamboo. Photo #20 by Byoung Wook (Toughkid Kim)

Bamboo forest at Kyoto's Kodaiji temple

Near Kyoto’s Kodaiji Buddhist temple. Japan declared the gardens of Kōdai-ji as a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Photo #21 by Roger Walch

Native bamboo forest, in Arashiyama, Japan

The Environmental Bamboo Foundation site states, “One resource book reportedly lists over 5,000 uses including paper, scaffolding, diesel fuel, airplane ‘skins’, desalination filters, aphrodisiacs, musical instruments, medicine, food and was Alexander Graham Bell’s first phonograph needle.” Photo #22 by Casey Yee from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Honolulu bamboo forest

Bamboo forest at Nuuanu-Punchbowl, Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo #23 by Michelle Lee

Love in the DamYang Bamboo forest

Love found in the DamYang Bamboo forest. “Useless facts” about bamboo: “In South America bamboo is referred to as vegetable steel.” Bamboo may be part of the oldest construction in the world. “In South America there is evidence of a bamboo dwelling built over 9,500 years ago.” Photo #24 by Byoung Wook (Toughkid Kim)

Bamboo grove

Bamboo grove at the Kamihanawa Institute, Japan. You’ve probably heard of bamboo shoots, but there are also bamboo wines, tea, beer, and vinegar. Photo #25 by TANAKA Juuyoh

Bamboo forests in Japan

Left: Minuma, India. Right: Kodai-ji, Kyoto, Japan. Photo #26 by tkkt from Kanagawa, Japan & #27 by Dmitry Shakin

Path through the bamboo forest

Path through the bamboo forest at Pu`uhaoa Ahupua`a, Hana, HI, US. Photo #28 by versello

Panda feeding on bamboo

This panda called Yang Guang is lucky, it feeds on bamboo as he bulks up for the breeding season with partner Tian Tian, at the Edinburgh Zoo. Giant Pandas, Red Pandas, Golden Bamboo Lemurs and Mountain Gorillas all eat bamboo, so habitat encroachment, bamboo deforestation, are dangerous to these animals. Photo #29 by YU-bin

Bright green bamboo forest

Vibrant green. Did you know? There are bicycles and biodegradable electric cars made out of bamboo. Photo #30 by Matt Gibson

Famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest

Famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest. There is a small shrine, Nonomiya Shrine, in Arashiyama’s famous bamboo forest. Wikivoyage says, “It was here that women were once trained prior to becoming shrine maidens at Ise Shrine, the holiest Shinto Shrine in Japan.” Photo #31 by Mike Hollman via Twisted Sifter

Pipiwai Trail bamboo forest

On the Pipiwai Trail (2 miles with 650 foot elevation gain) is an awesome bamboo forest on the way to Waimoku Falls. Photo #32 by Jason C66

As you hike up to Akaka Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii you will travel through a wonderful fairyland of bamboo

The photographer wrote, “As you hike up to Akaka Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii you will travel through a wonderful fairyland of bamboo.” Photo #33 by Floyd Stewart

Bamboo outside our resort in Bali, Indonesia

Bamboo outside a resort in Bali, Indonesia. Not all bamboo stays green like an evergreen, but because bamboo is a type of grass, in some areas it grows fast in summer and then looks more dead like a lawn might in winter. Photo #34 by Sean McGrath

Bamboo thicket

There are too many products to list that have been made out of bamboo, including toilet paper. Photo #35 by Joi Ito

Anji Bamboo Garden, China

The photographer noted, “Anji produces 12 million commercial bamboo poles annually, ranking first nationwide. It also has China’s largest bamboo nursery. The Anji Bamboo Garden is acknowledged by scholars within and outside China as containing the widest variety of bamboo to be found.” Photo #36 by @yakobusan Jakob Montrasio

Bamboo field in Kyoto

Bamboo field in Kyoto, with a beautiful touch of rainbow. Photo #37 by luke chan

Wet bamboo forest

Wet bamboo forest. According to Wikipedia, “Even though bamboo fabrics are often advertised as antibacterial, in reality finished bamboo fabric does not retain bamboo’s original antibacterial property; research is being conducted whereby antibacterial agents are being added to bamboo fabric to give it antibacterial properties. For the moment the Federal Trade Commission charge companies with fake antimicrobial claims. Additionally, ‘raw bamboo fabric lets almost all damaging UV radiation pass through and reach the skin'; as such, research is being conducted to add UV absorbing chemicals to the fabric to prevent this from occurring.” Photo #38 by Daniel Hoherd

The forest's eye at the National Park Nahuel Huapi

The forest’s eye at the National Park Nahuel Huapi. Photo #39 by Adry

Exploring the wilds outside of Kyoto Bamboo Forest

Taken while exploring the wilds outside of Kyoto Bamboo Forest. Photo #40 by Trey Ratcliff


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