Once a year, this mighty 1400-year-old tree heralds the coming of autumn: its dense foliage is painted in a bright golden color.
A beautiful tree growing outside the walls of Guanyin’s Buddhist temple in Zhongnan’s Chinese hills draws visitors from all over the globe.
When the leaves fall and cover the courtyard of the temple with a gold carpet, visitors lining up to photograph this miracle of nature.
It is believed that this tree was planted for Emperor Li Shimin, one of the founders of the Tang dynasty (618–907).
It belongs to the most ancient species of Ginkgo, which grows in China. Its leaves are not only beautiful but also have a mass of healing properties, for which they are highly valued in traditional oriental medicine.
Ginkgo is often called a living fossil — and this tree from the year before last millennium can rightly be proud of such an epithet!