1400-Year-Old Ginkgo Tree In China Provides A Breathtaking Scene Every Fall

By Stephen M

With their beautiful golden leaves, it is effortless to identify a Gingko tree even at a distance. Such spectacular sight is what the 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree in the Zhongnan Mountain region of China offers every fall.

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After enjoying the blistering sunlight in summer, the tree sheds its leaves when it approaches the cold season, creating an eye-pleasing carpet of golden leaves.

Located on the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple premises, the tree attracts many visitors and tourists in the fall. This is the time they can witness the beautiful ocean of golden leaves that looks like a soft, yellow carpet.

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Legend has it that the ginkgo tree remains one of the oldest trees in China. This particular one, according to stories was planted for Emperor Li Shimin, the founder of the Tang Dynasty.

Aside from creating a beautiful scene, the ginkgo leaves serve medicinal purposes and even as food. This makes it one of the most cherished and respected trees in China. Ginkgos are protected trees, primarily found in particular areas and given special attention and care in the Chinese culture.  

As such, the Eastern culture recognizes places with these threes as special and lucky. We can also say the same for the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, where this particular tree is located. The shedding of leaves beautifies the compound every fall and brings new visitors around.