A 1,400-Year-Old Ginkgo Tree In A Chinese Monastery Paints The Internet

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A Ginkgo tree planted by an ancient Chinese emperor of the early Tang Dynasty has gone viral as the leaves turned flaming orange and yellow with the advent of autumn. The 1,400-year-old tree attracted netizens to the ancient temple with the entire courtyard covered in the flaming leaves.

The Ginkgo tree in the ancient temple in Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi Province in Northwest China was planted by Emperor Li Shimin, one of China’s greatest emperors.

Autumn Gold: The Ginkgo Tree Gives The Perfect Golden Yellow Color

The leaves that turned yellow with the coming of winter had turned yellow and covered the entire courtyard. The statue of Buddha under the tree attracted photographers in their droves.

The tree is among the list of ancient and famous trees under national protection. The daily rush to catch a glimpse of the trees has also been restricted by the administration. To protect the temple environment and especially the tree, the authorities have put in place an online system of booking for visitors.

The temple continues to be packed as thousands continue to visit it every day. The broad, fan-shaped leaves of the Ginkgo tree with their ‘Autumn Gold’ hue, are the perfect fall color in nature. They impart a visual loveliness to the stunning landscape and add a different dimension to the beauty as the yellowish color turns deeper.

Read: Daisugi: An Ancient Style Of Planting Trees In A Platform Of Trees

Tham Khai Meng has posted a series of pictures taken by Han Fei depicting the incredible beauty of the tree. It appears like a tree of gold with golden leaves all around it in the temple’s courtyard.

Only 3,000 people are being allowed to visit the incredibly beautiful Ginkgo tree each day. The Zen monastery received around 60,000 people in the space of 20 days. Also known as the maidenhair tree, the ginkgo tree is referred to as a ‘living fossil’.

It is said to be among the few survivors of an ancient species of trees that are older than the dinosaurs. It is a large deciduous tree native to China with fan-shaped leaves and turns bare in winter.

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