A 1,400-Year-Old Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves


This towering 1,400-year-old  ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green leaves on this ancient tree turn bright yellow and fall into a golden heap on the temple grounds drawing tourists from the surrounding area.

The ginkgo tree, also known as the maidenhair, is sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because, despite all the drastic climate changes, it has remained unchanged for more than 200 million years. It is a living link to the times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.