Bonsai-like mangroves thrive in south China’s Techeng Island

Techeng Island in Zhanjiang City, south China’s Guangdong Province, is home to one of the most beautiful mangrove trees in China.

The picturesque tourist resort features 50.7 square kilometers of mangrove forests. Many of the bonsai-like mangrove trees growing in the southeastern part of the island are over 100 years old. 

The mangrove forest in the southern part of Techeng Island in Zhanjiang City, south China’s Guangdong Province, has been hailed as China’s most ancient, occupying an area of around 10 hectares.  

The forest consists of white mangroves and red mangroves.

Back in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the island’s residents banned the cutting down of mangroves and carved the rule on a stele.* Passed down through the generations, the tradition has allowed the mangroves to thrive up to now.

*stele is the general term used for inscribed stones all over the world. In China the inscription is called a 碑铭 bēi míng or 碑文 bēi wén.

Video link: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-27/Tradition-keeps-China-s-most-ancient-mangroves-thriving-11qHyVO0nzG/index.html

(All photos taken by CGTN’s Zhao Ying; Video taken by Wang Siwei, edited by CGTN’s Zhao Ying)

Source: CGTN, 30-May-2021 and 27-June-2021

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