There is a cluster of "unfettered" fagus lucida in the 1,800-meter-altitude remote mountains of the Badagong Mountain National Nature Reserve in Sangzhi County, Zhangjiajie. Their branches "run wild" in different directions and crisscross like a "Thousand-Hand Kwan-yin"; and, some curve to form a "running steed".
The highlight of this cluster was titled the "most beautiful ancient tree in China" by the National Afforestation Environmental Protection Commission and the Chinese Society of Forestry in 2017. It is more than 1,500 years old, 1.2 meters in diameter, 18 meters in height, and has 28 meter crown spread.
Chinese source: hn.xinhuanet.com
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