Six connected banyan trees in S China's Hainan Province

These six connected banyan trees are located in Dongfang City in China's southern island province of Hainan. The unique scene was formed by six separate banyan trees intertwining and stretching their aerial prop roots into one another's trunks and roots. After almost 1,000 years, the trees became one, covering an area of about 1,800 square meters. 

The local Li ethnic group regards the trees as sacred. In Li folklore, the six trees were formed by three beloved couples that did not want to be separated at death. Therefore, the trees became a symbol of faithful and beautiful love for the Li people and they would tie red ribbons on them to pray for long-lasting love.

(All images taken by CGTN's Zhang Hao.)

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