The Ginkgo tree is also often called “living fossils”, as it hasn't changed in over 200 million years despite major climate changes.
It is not often you see trees that are so beautiful you could just end up looking at them for a very, very long time. And there is this one tree near a Buddhist Temple that still has people flocking in numbers to see its beauty.
Yes, the towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China and if you ever decide to go there, you will be witnessing one of life's greatest sights.
A touch of #autumn lingers in Guangde Temple, Central China's Hubei province, as ginkgo leaves dye the ancient #temple in gold. The #ginkgo trees here have lived over a thousand years. pic.twitter.com/Cl8sLa1VZe— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) December 20, 2017
This autumn you can check out this magnificent 1,400-year-old tree turn bright yellow and fall into an ocean of golden leaves on the temple grounds. And it is no surprise that visitors from around the world come to check out this visual spectacle. As reported by Thisiscolossal.
1,400-yr-old ginkgo tree at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in China sheds an ocean of bright yellow leaves pic.twitter.com/ck1Ps4jzHU— Saatchi Gallery (@saatchi_gallery) November 26, 2015
Considering it is over thousands of 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’.
Apart from its beauty, the gingko tree also has several benefits serving as a source of food and other medical benefits that are recognized in traditional Eastern medicine.
Millennia-old Ginkgo tree becomes tourist hit after its leaves form a perfect golden carpet at Chinese temple pic.twitter.com/Y6crXIWtBf— Earth Pictures (@Earthepics) October 27, 2016
Golden leaves from a 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree covers ground of a temple in Xi’an, Shaanxi, as winter approaches pic.twitter.com/M4mUqXsgpJ— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 22, 2015
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 pictures of the extraordinary ginkgo tree had also gone viral recently with many appreciating how magical nature truly is. "Right?? The contrast between the colors. Life is beautiful. I need to explore and travel as much as possible," a social media user said. "It's beautiful, but as a New Yorker I can't help thinking how awful rotting ginko fruits smell," another Twitter user had a unique problem with the smell.
A third added: Autumn falls in Temple of Earth: Ginkgo leaves turned yellow in the Temple of Earth, making the tourist spot full of beauty.
Would you like to visit? Let us know what you think of this extraordinary tree!