There’s a 1,400-year-old gingko biloba tree in rural China, and it looks like it’s raining sunlight.
It’s an ancient tree that adorns the Buddhist temple Gu Guanyin in the city of Xi-an, in central China’s Shaanxi Province. Every autumn, the leaves turn a fiery yellow and fall, creating an ocean of leaves surrounding the tree that is so bright and beautiful, tourists are flocking to the destination.
The photos of the tree are enough to see why it’s so popular. Take a look:
The tree was said to have been planted during China’s Tang Dynasty, which ruled China from 618 to 907. Also known as the maidenhead tree, gingko bilobas are classified as endangered, and are the last species surviving from the division Ginkgophyta. They live for sometimes upwards of 2,000 years, because the species is disease-resistant, has insect-resistant wood, and has the ability to form aerial roots. In fact, the gingko biloba tree is so tough that a few trees even survived the blast of the atom bomb in Hiroshima.
You may know gingko bilobas for their medicinal properties, but if you plant one of these as a shade tree in your yard, every autumn, you’ll be walking on sunshine.