Legend About the Gingko Trees in Longquan Temple2016-10-24 13:58:08Share:
In the Longquan Temple of Haidian, Beijing, there are two ancient gingkoes. One is standing by the north of the Jinlong Bridge, female tree, the other one is on the left side of the ancient temple site, Hall of Ceremony, male tree. The two gingkoes are less than 20 meters away from each other, they are over a thousand years old yet still leafy and full of vitality. Interestingly, the two gingkoes are growing towards each other and people have given it a name “the tree couple”.
Standing under the tree, looking at the yellow leaves on that tree, they are brightly and vividly living, not fall down. They are using every bit of effort to decorate the sky. Perhaps there are waiting, waiting for a particular person or a reason or a wind in the night to bring them to the ground, return to the dust without leaving regrets.
Here is a sad love story
It is said that, a long time ago, Phoenix Range was a vicious place with ferocious wolves. The folks living by the foot were too scared to farm or collect herbs in the Hill. They were living miserably. One day, a robust young man came to the village named ‘Dali”. He saw this and then started teaching people archery and Kong Fu. As they were well trained, he brought them to the Hill to fight with the wolves. After years of courageous fights, they finally defeated the wolves. Ever since, the folks were farming, collecting herbs and living happily.
One day, a group of fairies were travelling the world in a cart that made of clouds. When they were in Phoenix Range, one fairy name Xiuer was captivated by the breathtaking view. A late night, she sneaked out to the village not only set a home there, also deeply fell in love with the young robust, courage, kind and industrious man. In a fruitful autumn, they got married.
Unfortunately, the mountain ghost overheard about this and told the Jade Emperor.
The Jade Emperor was furious, ordered the soldiers to arrest the fairy Xiuerback to heaven.Xiuer defeated with her life.
The mountain ghost knew that the Jade Emperor likes gingko fruit. For pleasing the Emperor, the ghost spelled and turned them into two gingko trees, planted in Longquan Temple.
Since then, they can only saw each other from apart in tears…
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Address: No. 19, Phoenix Hill Road, Haidian District.
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