2010-06-11 – Hong Kong Banyan Stone Wall
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Hong Kong Banyan In Stone
Hong Kong is a city of contrasts and a Banyan in stone wall is another. It’s also the enormous size of this tree that often looks like it’s floating out off the wall as roots dangle in the air. It makes us humans seem very small regardless of our height as they can grow up to 30m in height and can stretch along a long wall as well. The site of nature hanging on the side of a wall, a building or even engulfing sites are something that makes one do a double-take. With the modern skyline that is very modern and clean comes another side that is a mix of old and nature that is from a time that locals now are trying to preserve as development crashes them down.
Large sprawling banyan tree are a site that’s still common but as the trees age become a safety concern. It’s interesting because practice of growing trees directly on walls originated with 19th century Guangdong masonry workers known as the Wu Hua to help protect people from nature. The colonial government had a policy of using mostly Chinese banyan trees, whose powerful roots strengthened retaining walls on slopes, helping prevent landslides. The problem is they can be destroyed by high winds in typhoons if the tree is not healthy.
The Banyan also plays an important role in local culture. The tree has such important role in local tradition that some people make it their child’s godfather to protect them and help them grow strong and safe. They are often a gathering place in rural communities and during Chinese New Year there is ritual where they throw orange (now plastic) with string on them and wish for upcoming new year held in Lam Tsuen in the New Territories. The tree also offers a large amount of shade so it’s ideal for staying out of summer heat.
The Banyan also is a part of Chinese herbal tea that is an important part of local culture. In Hong Kong there is a blend of use of both modern and traditional medical solutions. Herbal Tea is so important here that one will find a herbal tea shop in most areas and MTR stations. Even in Central district people will go to for the remedies passed on from generation to generation.
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