Together with The Australian Research Institute for Bamboo Industry (ARIBI), Aulisone organised a trade delegation to visit the City of Meishan and surroundings. We attended the 2019 International Bamboo Industry Fair, held in Sichuan Province.
Bamboo Connects the World, the 2019 International Bamboo Industry Fair
Sichuan is a key producer of bamboo, and Meishan has a total forest area of 4.5 million mu ( almost 3 billion square metres), which equates to a forest cover of almost 50 percent. There are more than 100 species of bamboo in the area, but a favourite is the “Dragon Bamboo”, a giant of the forest which can grow as fast as 1.5 metres overnight.
Bamboo has many uses, although we first looked at it for Carbon Sequestration, it is an ideal plant for cities as it generates greater amounts of oxygen per square metre than an average tree, and makes it ideal for rooftop buildings. Bamboo has traditional uses in paper, furniture, art, weaving, textiles , however, it is the high tech applications which show promise, particularly in carbon fibre, graphene, batteries, and biofuel.
Meishan is indeed a beautiful place, and the birthplace of a poet known as Dong Po. The culture is intrinsically linked to bamboo, the essence of Meishan is everything bamboo. To be told that ” one would rather not eat meat, than to go without bamboo” is a very special saying here.
During this visit we were hosted by the Mayor of the city where we held talks on the potential collaboration between Meishan and Melbourne.