"While bamboo is found in most parts of China, more varied uses are made of it in Szechwan than anywhere else in the country. Rafts of long bamboo poles are often seen moving down rivers and canals. There is almost no end to the uses of bamboo in China. Tender shoots are eaten. Leaves are valued for medicinal purposes. Stripped bamboo stems are braided or twisted to make rope and hawsers. Soaked in tung oil bamboo is strong enough to replace steel in reinforcing concrete."
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1948). Changing China. New York: Crown Publisher.