Water Margin Root exhibited at the 2013 Xinjiang Winter Festival

    At the end of 2013, the Xinjiang Winter Expo exhibited a compelling plant part called the Water Margin Root. The tree root is named after the Chinese literary classic The Water Margin, whose storyline depicts the fascinating fate of 108 righteous outlaws during the Song Dynasty. (Screenshot from Secret China)This 1.5-meter root of an old elm tree embraces 108 stones of all shapes and sizes. (Screenshot from Secret China)

    At the end of 2013, the Xinjiang Winter Expo exhibited a compelling plant part called the Water Margin Root. The tree root is named after the Chinese literary classic The Water Margin, whose storyline depicts the fascinating fate of 108 righteous outlaws during the Song Dynasty. This 1.5-meter root of an old elm tree embraces 108 stones of all shapes and sizes. The tree once inhabited mountains or water, according to its on-site profile. In order to adjust to harsh surroundings and avoid flooding, it had to cling tightly to stones, and finally embrace them tightly.

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    This 1.5-meter root of an old elm tree embraces 108 stones of all shapes and sizes. (Screenshot from Secret China)

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