1400-year-old ginkgo tree becomes tourist hit in China

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A tree that is 1,400 years old in China's Shaanxi Province is drawing tens of thousands of people from all over the country, the Beijing Youth Daily reports.

A 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree attracts tourists in China's Shaanxi Province. Visitors must make reservations through Wechat to view the tree. [File Photo: Chinanews.com] 

Crowds of people began to come to the temple where the tree stands after photos of the tree went viral on the internet.

The photos show the tree's golden autumn leaves scattered on the ground making up what is described as a "yellow ocean."

The tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains, some 30 kilometers away from downtown Xi'an city.

It's been reported that the tree was planted by Emperor Taizong of Tang, or Li Shimin, the second emperor of the Tang dynasty of China.

The ancient tree has also been popular in past years during autumn because of it's beautiful yellow autumn leaves.

One staff member says on weekends, people usually have to wait in a queue that may extend for hundreds of meters and may take more than three hours to have a look at the tree.

Last year, a record 70,000 people visited the temple in one single day.

This year, in order to ensure the public safety, a limit of 7,200 people will be allowed into the temple every day. Further, visitors must make reservations in advance to enter the temple, and can only do so through China's most popular messaging app WeChat.

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