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Cypress planted by Yellow Emperor named one of “Most Beautiful Chinese Ancient Trees”

The results of the selection of the “Most Beautiful Chinese Ancient Trees” lasting nearly two years have been unveiled. A total of 85 ancient trees were selected as the “Most Beautiful Chinese Ancient Trees”. A cypress planted by the Yellow Emperor was named the “Most Beautiful Platycladus Orientalis” as the only representative of the genus. 

The cypress grew in Xuanyuan Temple in Mount Qiao where the Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is located, and was said to be planted by the Yellow Emperor. With an age of over 5,000, a height of over 20 meters and a bottom circumference of 11 meters, it is in the genus of Platycladus orientalis. Even seven people cannot hold it together.

In 1982, after investigating cypresses in 27 countries, British forestry expert Ropil considered the cypress planted by the Yellow Emperor to be strongest and oldest, hailing it as the “Father of World Cypresses”. In 1998, the Committee on Selection and Maintenance of Famous Chinese Trees named it “No. 1 Cypress in China”. It is also known as “No. 1 Cypress in the World”.

The Yellow Emperor lived in the Neolithic Age 5,000 years ago, and was regarded by future generations as the initiator of Chinese civilization and the ancestor of all Chinese. 5,000-year-old Chinese civilization was inaugurated by him.

There are over 100,000 cypresses in Mount Qiao where the Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is located, including over 80,000 cypresses aged above 100 and over 30,000 above 1,000. It is the largest and best preserved ancient cypress cluster in China.

The selection of the “Most Beautiful Chinese Ancient Trees”, hosted by the Office of the National Afforestation Commission and the Chinese Society of Forestry, started in 2016 and ran for two years.

Four ancient trees of Shaanxi were selected. Apart from the cypress planted by the Yellow Emperor, the 1,200-year-old magnolia tree in Badouhe Village, Houzhenzi Town, Zhouzhi County, Xi’an was named the “Most Beautiful Magnolia Tree”, the 1,700-year-old Xanthoceras sorbifolia Bunge in Hexipo Village, Huangfuzhuang Township, Heyang County, Weinan was named the “Most Beautiful Xanthoceras Sorbifolia Bunge”, and the 500-year-old horse chestnut in Ba Tribe, Hongda Village, Nangongshan Town, Langao County, Ankang was named the “Most Beautiful Horse Chestnut”.


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