In the past decade, going green and environment-friendly has been the trend for many countries, most especially those severely affected by climate change.
Since the recent years, China has moved to be one of those going-green countries. By making efforts to plant thousands of trees in their city communities, they are hoping to combat worsening pollution.
While the tree-planting efforts are laudable, the stories behind them are pretty disturbing.
Sadly, it’s not what we think it is…
Apparently, most of the trees were not really grown in their location but were already mature trees relocated from the rural areas.
China’s transplantation of trees has since been a serious concern.
This discovery was made five years ago by a Chinese photographer, Yan Wan Preston, while she was working on a Yangtze river photography project. In March 2013, Preston dropped by the tiny village of Xialiu in the province of Yunnan, where a dam construction was ongoing at the time.
While there, she was awestruck at a beautiful 300-year old ficus tree which she named “Frank.”
Three months later, Preston returned to the place only to find out that the entire village was demolished. Frank was sold to a five-star hotel under construction at Binchuan City, which is about two hours away from the community. When Preston went to the hotel supposed construction location, the site was empty. The hotel had not even begun construction, and Frank was transplanted in the area with parts of its branches cut off. Preston was assured by one of the guards that the tree would survive, but when Preston returned in 2017, she found out that the tree died two years earlier.
For Preston, it was heartbreaking.
Just recently, Preston published the photobook entitled Forest, where she documented sixty uprooted and transplanted trees.
Needless to say, he photos were very disconcerting. The images raises concerns regarding China’s approach to creating urban forests.
As Preston explained:
“The transplantation of trees in China is a serious industry. Enormous numbers are uprooted and sent great distances to new cities and redevelopments. Some developers don’t even care if the new climate is suitable. I’ve seen trees that were taken from Vietnam planted in places far too cold for them. They have to wrap them in giant plastic bags.”
It can indeed be said that China’s urban forests are just artificial efforts for going green.
These Striking Facades Of Southern Indian Churches Don’t Look Like Churches At All
These churches are intensely beautiful and bold!
Churches are holy places where believers go to worship. The architectural design of all churches, although different from each other, have a similarity which makes them unique with any other buildings.
In the region of Kerala in Southern India, the designs of these temples have been variously influenced by the Western style. Every church is a reinterpretation of the Indian culture by the use of intense colors and effusively sculptural language.
The design choices mostly consist of stars, castles and ships.
The Smallest Desert In The World Is Ironically Found In A Snowy Place
Be mesmerized by this magnificent and one of a kind desert.
At first sight, the Carcross Desert does not look like a desert or anything special at all. Everything in that 600m wide land area is covered with snow. You’ll be able to recognize that it is indeed a desert when you look at the melted crust's cracks and see the sand. This unique desert is in Canada's Yukon.
Unlike the deserts that we are used to, the Carcross Desert is different and is one of a kind. It is as well considered to be one of the most bizarre phenomena geologically speaking. The Carcross Desert was called originally Naataase Heen which means water is running through the narrows.
The Carcross Desert In Canada is the smallest known desert in the whole world at 600m wide.
600 Years Old And Running: The Medieval Clock Of Prague
This beautiful clock is considered an artistic, scientific, and technological masterpiece all at the same time!
In the Old Town Square of Prague, lies one of the most enthralling landmarks of the bustling capital of the Czech Republic: The Orloj, more popularly known as the Astronomical Clock of Prague.
This medieval clock was the most visited Czech monument and is nearing its 608th anniversary. Not seeing the Orloj during your visit to Prague is like missing the Eiffel Tower on your trip to France.
The world’s oldest astronomical clock.