Inspired by a tree

By Lin Qi | China Daily | 2017-06-27 07:59

Inspired by a tree

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When Zhou first saw the poplars,he says the experience was like "seeing a field of ruins where there had been a battle.

"Tree trunks either stood upright or lay on the ground, just like soldiers who fight to the end. There were also small branches and new sprouts. It was a scene from the circle of life."

A poplar's life can span several centuries.

A saying in Xinjiang talks about how the tree can thrive for a 1,000 years, then stand for a 1,000 years after it dies and remain for another 1,000 years after it falls down.

"I now understand why people exaggerate its lifespan. It has become a symbol of persistence and uprightness," says Zhou.

He says the exhibition also marks the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

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