1,400-year-old Ginkgo tree drowns temple in yellow ocean

AUTUMN is a season that's synonymous with golden leaves littering the ground as trees moult and consume landscapes in a glow of warm colours.

During the northern hemisphere's autumn months, China's Ginkgo trees drown their surroundings in an expansive yellow ocean, but it's the age of one Ginkgo that draw crowds from across the country each year from November.

A 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree grows next to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains and the Chinese view the tree as the perfect reflection of autumn.

 The ginkgo tree, also known as the maidenhair, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta as all others are extinct.

The species is sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" because, despite all the drastic climate chances, it has remained unchanged for more than 200 million years.

It is a living link to the times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.


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