Since 2005, Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Station and Ailaoshan Station for Subtropical Forest Ecosystems Research have been accredited as national field stations by Ministry of Science & Technology of China (MOST).
At the tablet awarding ceremony of the First Congress of Field Stations Nationwide held in June in Beijing, the two field stations of XTBG were officially named as National Field Station for Ecosystem Research at Xishuangbanna and National Forest Ecosystem Research Station at Ailaoshan.
State Councilor Liu Yandong conferred the Name Tablet of Xishuangbanna Station to Dr. Cao Min of XTBG at the Awarding Ceremony.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Station was established in 1959 as part of XTBG. Geographically, it lies between 101°52'E, 21°12'N, with an elevation of 570 m above sea level. Apart from regular monitoring equipment and laboratory facilities, other notable facilities include a 70-meter tall observation tower and a 20-hectare permanent forest plot.
Ailaoshan Station for Subtropical Forest Ecosystems Researchwas established in 1981, and geographically located at 24°32'N N, 101°01'E, with an elevation of 2450 meters above sea level. A 30-meter high observation tower was set up in the evergreen broadleaved forests. Although it is about 200 kilometers away from XTBG headquarters or from the Kunming Division, it attracts over 200 scientists to visit and undertake research activities each year.