Bizarre Old Trees in China

An Ancient Statue in an Aging Tree

This over a thousand-year-old Camphor tree in a Fujian village has a hole in the middle of its trunk, looking like a belly button in a human body.

From the belly buttonhole, you can see the face of an ancient statue.

Nobody knows since when the statue was there and how the statue was got into it.

Traditionally in many parts of China, people would plant a Camphor tree when a baby girl was born in the family. By the time the girl grew up and was about to be married off, the tree would be cut down to make cabinets and makeup boxes as her dowry.

The furniture made with Camphor tree has a refreshing scent and can keep away insects.


Very similar to cedar trees which were used to build Hope Chests.

The Hope chest was given to unmarried women so they could save linens and other household items in anticipation of marriage.

Though the traditions are different it is interesting that both cultures have some similarities. Fragrant wood, meant for girls and each had something to do with marriage.. One note. The tradition of the Hope chest is derived from the Dutch and Arabic cultures.

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Maybe it is because the sense of smell has the deepest and longest impact in memory.

A Cave In a Tree

In an ancient village named New Garden within a historical township called Old Harbour in Human Province, southern inland China, there is a camphor tree that no one knows exactly how old it is.

In the tree, there is a big hollow; and in the hollow, you may see a group of villagers playing Mah-jong, not all the time, but frequently, especially during the sweaty summer season.

 Villagers at the entrance of the tree cave

The locals have turned the tree and its hollow into their entertainment centre: adults set up wedding and funeral banquets under its canopy, and kids play hide-and-seek in its trunk.

 It’s cool to play mahjong in a tree

About twenty years ago, a campfire inside the tree lighted by village kids tragically developed into a big blaze. The tree was burned through the night until the next day, but it’s survived the ordeal and fully recovered, continuing providing shelter and shades for the villages until this very day.

Chinese botanists estimated the age of the tree could be around a thousand years or more, which means it has witnessed how a technically and culturally highly sophisticated Song Dynasty was destroyed by the nomadic Mongols, and how the Mongols was replaced by an economically and militarily highly developed Ming dynasty, and how the progress of Chinese renaissance was once again interrupted by the hunting tribe Manchus, and how the Manchus’ rule was brought to an end, along with the thousands-year-old classic monarchy system, by the Republic Revolution, and then the People’s Republic revolution, and then the Cultural Revolution, and then the economic reform, and then the 5G revolution ….

What a grand witness to history.

Trees on a Wall

A big tree in Chongqing grows up on the concrete facade of a multistory residential block.

A row of groundless trees grow from a brick wall in Chongqing in China’s southern inland region along the Yangtze River.


Nature is a force to be reckoned with. When humanity is no longer then Mother Nature will reclaim all.

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Consciousness is the ultimate force to be reckoned with. When Nature, along with the entire universe, is no longer exist, once again, consciousness will recreate it, and once again, with some minor alterations. 

A Tree Over a Waterway

When a 500-year old camphor tree in Jiangxi province falls under its own weight, it forms a bridge over a stream.

A Tree with a Creepy Hand

When this Sacred Fig in Yunnan province was planted, China was about to transit from a profit-chasing Shang Dynasty to a culture-pursue Zhou Dynasty, which was 3,000 years ago.

From this ancient tree, a branch looked uncannily like an ageing human hand is found to have grown from the trunk with fingers poking into a crack on the cliff.

A Gingko Tree Planted by a Tang Dynasty Prince 1,400 Years Ago

A 1,400-year-old Gingko tree turns yellow in deep autumn in a Buddhist temple in ancient Chinese capital Xi’an.

The tree is said to be planted by Prince Li Shimin of Tang Dynasty. Later, Li Shimin became Emperor Taizong of Tang, one of the greatest emperors in Chinese history, along with Emperor Wudi of Han, Emperor Wendi of Sui, Emperor Taizu of Ming and Emperor Yongle of Ming.

A Tree of Spider’s Web

This old tree in a park in Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Province, has a truck looked like a spider’s web with a complicated network.

The Full Monty

A tree with a naked bum and two legs was discovered in Hunan Province during a 2013 plant survey in the region.

This tree knows how to stand on its own feet and get to the bottom of things

The Survivors

Pine trees and shrubs thrive on a cliff face in Huangshan (Mt. Yellow) in Anhui Province.

An ageing tree in a strange shape next to stone is a common theme in traditional Chinese ink painting.

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