Following the traditional culture of Beijing, the most ideal time to see the ginkgo trees is from 20 October to 15 November, every year. During these autumn days, the green and yellow ginkgo trees leaves cover the roads, parks and walkways, dancing with each other like butterflies. If you ever make plans to visit the capital city, book your flights to Beijing with iEagle and grab the best deals during this season to have the best time. Here are the top places to see ginkgoes in Beijing.
At Dajue Temple, there’s a ginkgo tree, believed to be thousand-year-old! Located in the Western Hills region of the city, the ginkgo leaves here at this temple turn golden and creates a perfect matching combination with the ancient walls of the temple.
A view so beautiful and pure that you are not going to forge easily! To have the best of the ginkgo colors, you must visit the place between 22 October and 11 November. It is during this time that the Dajue Temple organizes the famous Dajue Temple Culture Festival on the theme of appreciating and promoting gingko culture.
In total, there are 4 gingko trees at the temple. Of the four, the most popular is the Ginkgo King on the left of the Amitayus Hall. This tree has the history of over 1000 years. 30 meters tall in height and with a diameter of 7-8 meters, almost 7 to 8 people need to group up to encircle the tree. Over half of the yard is covered with the shade of the giant tree.
Another temple home to ginkgo tree in Beijing is Tanzhe Temple situated on the east, right on the opposite of Vairocana Buddha Hall. The ancient ginkgo tree here boasts a leafy green crown from a height of 30 meters. Its vast trunk covers a circumference of nine meters.
The tree was planted during the Tang Dynasty and is almost 1300 years old. If you want to see one of eh oldest ginkgo tees in Beijing that still renders a scenic view so spectacular, this is the place to visit for you.
Timings: 8:00-5:00pm (Summers); 8:00am-4:30pm (Winters)
It is the largest temple in the region of Northern Beijing. The Hongluo Temple is known for its amazing gardens collectively named ‘Three Wonders’. Of these wonders, one is a pair of Ginkgo trees planted during the Tang Dynasty. Standing in front of the Main Hall of the temple, one tree is male and other is female. That’s a sight to capture during fall!
Timings: 8:00am-6:00pm (Summer); 8:00am-5:00pm (Winter)
Xifeng Temple is located on the east of Tanzhe Temple and is divided into two parts – upper and lower. The upper part has got a large ancient ginkgo tree, over 30 meters in height and a circumference of 7.5 meters. This one is a relic surviving since the Song Dynasty. This ginkgo is also a female and is considered as the most productive ginkgo existing in Beijing.
Stone Buddha Temple
If you are an avid traveler and have made a bucket list for places to visit in and around Beijing, Stone Buddha Temple must be in the list. Inside this popular temple in the Siqiaozi Village of Changping District, there is a giant, ancient ginkgo measuring almost 30 meters in height and circumference of 7.6 meters.
Like several others in this list, this ginkgo tree was also planted during Tang Dynasty and is believed to be more than 1200 years old. The tree is also called ‘Great Holy Wood of Guangou’ and is recognized as one of the 72 Guangou attractions. This tree is a female bearing sweet fruits every autumn.
Located within the boundaries of the Xiangtangzi Primary School of Juge Village in Miyun Country, there’s an ancient ginkgo tree, 25 meters tall and measuring 9.1 meters in circumference. This tree was planted even before the era of Tang Dynasty which makes it more than 1300 years old!
The tree is also named ‘Oldest Ancient Ginkgo’ in the city. The school was the site of Xiangyan Temple in the Tang Dynasty as such the temple is also famous as Ginkgo Temple. The tree is noted as a divine tree by the local inhabitants.
In the ancient era, the locals hung several banners on the tree with prayers and blessings written on them. This was done in hope of good luck and prosperity.
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