Thousands of tourists have lined up every day to observe the incredible autumn foliage of a 1,400-year-old Ginkgo tree at a Buddhist temple in China.
This towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green leaves on the 1,400-year-old tree turn bright yellow and fall into a golden heap on the temple grounds drawing tourists from the surrounding area.
Considering it is over a thousand years old, the Ginkgo tree has a long history, starting with Emperor Li Shimin, the founding father of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), who is said to have planted it. According to a report, the gingko tree is also known as a ‘maidenhair’ tree, an ancient species that is found only in China. The vibrant yellow color is the reason why the tree is called ‘maidenhair’.
It has grown into the towering attraction it is today thanks to a spring underneath it, according to the Ancient Guanyin Temple in Xi’an.
People have been travelling from all over China to visit the breath-taking sight since the end of last month when the foliage spectacle began to form.
The yellow leaves formed a beautiful ‘carpet’ on the grass underneath the tree, making it one of the sights of the season.
The changing colour and the falling of the leaves marks the start of autumn and it’s something that’s being celebrated around the tree.
The Ginkgo tree is also called “living fossils”, as they haven’t changed in over 200 million years despite major climate changes. As the leaves start falling around November, monks from the neighboring temples find themselves meditating in this popular spot.
The Zen monastery, situated in the province of Shaanxi, is expected to receive 60,000 people in the space of 20 days after the tree’s golden leaves started to fall. Three thousand people are allowed into the Buddhist temple as tourists each day before November 20. Photographers will need to register with the temple in advance in order to snap shots of the foliage.
These gorgeous trees, ginkgo trees, are native to China. With fan shaped leaves, it’s a large deciduous tree that will be completely bare and leafless in the heart of winter. In the summer, the female trees grow unpleasantly scented yellow fruits containing two single large seeds.
It’s difficult to comprehend exactly how massive and stunning this tree really is during the fall months. You’ll have to see it with your own eyes to fully appreciate the spectacular sight.
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