Ancient tree stands tall near Yellow Emperor tomb in NW China

By QIN FENG in Xi'an and Li Wenfang | | Updated: 2024-04-05 15:55
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A 5,000-year-old Chinese arborvitae at Xuanyuan Temple is 19 meters tall with its thickest part estimated to measure 11.6 meters in perimeter. [Photo provided to]

A 5,000-year-old Chinese arborvitae stands at the Xuanyuan Temple near the tomb of the Yellow Emperor in Huangling county of Shaanxi province.

As the legend goes, the tree was planted by the emperor himself.

The ancient tree is now 19 meters tall, with its thickest part estimated to measure 11.6 meters in perimeter, said Liu Pan, who works at the tourist site.

Huangling is considered the location of the tomb of the Yellow Emperor, or Emperor Huangdi, who is considered to have been the founder of the Chinese civilization and the common ancestor of all Chinese people.

More than 400 Chinese people, including overseas Chinese, attended a ceremony on Thursday to pay homage to Huangdi, a ceremony traditionally held on Qingming, or Tomb-Sweeping Day.

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