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Big Banyan Tree

big-banyan-tree01 This ancient Banyan tree, located 7.5km south of Yangshuo, is one of the main scenic attractions of Yangshuo town. It is said that the Banyan was planted in the Jin Dynasty and is now famous for its age and towering beauty.

On the southern bank of Jinbao River in Gaotian Village, 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) south of Yangshuo Town, stands a tall Banyan with a huge and exuberant umbrella-like crown. It is 17 meters (56 feet) high and its trunk is over seven meters (23 feet) in circumference. The dense crown shades an area of over 100 square meters (over 1000 square feet). The tree is said to be an ancient Banyan planted over 1500 years ago in China's Jin Dynasty. With a limpid stream flowing at the foot of it, the Great Banyan, with its reflection on the calm water, is very beautiful.

big-banyan-treeWhen we look closely, we see that it has beautifully twisted roots and gnarled branches, with a primitive simplicity. Its crown is round with an exuberant growth of branches and leaves. There is a huge branch stretching out straight beginning at 1 meter above the ground. Enduring wind and rain for thousands of years, it is surprising that this branch has not been harmed. The Tall Banyan is on the west bank of the Jinbao River. There is an ancient ferry crossing under the tree, called "Rongyin Gudu". Across the river, there are rocks of varying sizes, fascinating mountains and wonderful caves, setting each other off and forming a pleasing contrast. Surrounded by fascinating peaks, green bamboo, footpaths crisscrossing fabric-like between the fields, along with the local conditions and customs of a mountain village in the South, it is a virtual paradise for exploring.

True, the reason the old Banyan is well known is that the view nearby is beautiful. However, there is one more important reason. It is in this place that part of the movie Liusanjie is filmed. The shot in which Sister Liu threw a ball made of rolled colored silk to Brother Aniu as a sign of love was taken here. That's why lovers and tourists, filled with admiration, will take pictures of each other in front of this old tree.