There are amazing wonders of all kinds in this world. In Taizhou, China, a 200-year-old ginkgo tree has grown an image of a human face. In November, the tree’s owner, Qi Jiangsu, discovered an abnormal figure on a branch of the 200-year-old ginkgo tree in front of her house.
The figure resembles a human face, with eyes, a nose, and even a mouth. Qi said that the tree did not always have a human face; it only started to form in recent years and looks like an old man.
In describing the tree, Qi said:
“My husband’s ancestor planted the tree. The trunk is so thick that two adults can barely embrace it. Elderly people in the village don’t even know its age.”
Based on the size of the tree, she estimates that it is probably 200 years old. Not only is the tree old, but it is also the only source of income for Qi’s family.
Ginkgo fruit is expensive, and the tree generates an annual income of around 20,000 yuan for the family, a significant sum considering that the average annual income for a farmer in China is just 11,000 yuan.
The face has attracted many visitors. Some potential buyers gave up the idea of procuring the tree given its size.
Qi hopes that a tree expert will examine the tree; hence, the question of how a human face was formed might be answered. If the tree is found to be valuable, she hopes that a forester will provide a protocol to preserve the tree.
Translated by Jean Chen.
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