Ginkgo biloba – an Ocean of Golden Leaves

Ginkgo biloba in Gu Guanyin Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains of China is said to be planted by Li Shimin, Emperor Taizong himself with more than 1,400 years history. Known as the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo tree is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. 

Every autumn, the green leaves turn bright yellow and fall into a golden layer on the temple compound. Besides tourism attractions, Ginkgo tree is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine and as a source of food such as Ginkgo-like nuts which often served in weddings and the Chinese New Year.  In Chinese culture, they are assumed to have health benefits and aphrodisiac qualities. You can read more here or via Fuck Yeah Chinese Garden or find out more photos on yicai.com


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