Buddhist Temple Covered With Ocean Of Golden Leaves From Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree

Buddhist Temple Covered With Ocean Of Golden Leaves From Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree

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Thousands of people from all over China have been flocking to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains to witness a huge, 1,400 year old Ginkgo tree beside the temple walls as it sheds its golden leaves for the arrival of autumn. The leaves began falling in mid November, creating a thick ocean of gold that washes over the temple’s ground.

Ginkgo trees are commonly referred to as “living fossils” as they have remained unchanged for more than 200 million years despite all of the drastic climate changes the region has faced. They stand as tall today as they did when dinosaurs walked the Earth.

H/T: bored panda, thisiscolossal

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