Monday, April 19, 2010
If you’re planning to tour Asia, try to visit these legendary trees of the continent. Each one has its own interesting stories to share; one of them was even an instrument in one of the most gruesome killings in history.
Strangler Fig Trees (Cambodia)
Ta Prohm, a modern day name of a temple in Angkor, Cambodia built in the late 12th and early 13th century has been left much in its original condition in which it was found including the trees with their long endless spreading roots looking like octopus tentacles coiling among the ruins that makes it one of Cambodia’s tourist attractions. The larger species are said to be either silk-cotton tree (Ceiba oentandra) or thipok (Tetrameles nudiflora), and the smaller trees are either the strangler fig (Ficcus gibbosa) or Gold Apple (Diopyros decandra).
Cedars of God (Lebanon)
The Cedars of God (Arz el Rab) is a small forest of about 400 Lebanon Cedar trees in Mount Lebanon. The trees are remnants of what used to be a thick forest in the mountains of Lebanon during biblical times. The Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned in the Bible more than 70 times. The wood was exploited by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians and was valued by historical figures including Herod and Julius Caesar; it was used by Solomon to build the First Temple in Jerusalem. Today, the Cedars of God is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is strictly protected by the Lebanese government.
The Great Banyan (India)
The Great Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) is a 250 year old Banyan tree that is a major tourist attraction in the Indian Botanical Gardens of Kolkata,
. With its 2880 prop-roots that occupies an area of about 14,500 sq m (1.5 has; 4 acres), the tree looks more like a forest than a single tree.
Sri Maha Bodhi (Sri Lanka)
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Fig tree that is one of the most sacred relics of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It is said to be a cutting of the Bodhi tree of India under which Buddha attained Enlightenment. The Sacred Fig was planted in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka by King Devanampiyatissa in the year 249 BC. Siri Maha Bodhi is the world’s oldest living human-planted tree with a known planting date
Tree of Life (Bahrain)
The Tree of Life (Shajarat al-Hayah) is a four century year old mesquite tree that stands alone in the middle of Bahrain’s barren desert. How the tree survives in the hot, parched dry land with no source of water remains a mystery. The Tree of Life is one of the top tourist attractions in Bahrain. The locals believe that the site is the actual location of the Garden of Eden.
Chankiri Tree (Cambodia)
Remember Cambodia’s Killing Fields? To refresh your memory, the Killing Fields were several places in Cambodia where at least 200,000 people were executed by the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) and about 2 million were estimated to have died from the Khmer Rouge policies, including diseases and starvation. The Chankiri Tree or Killing Tree was not only a witness but an innocent instrument of the evil deeds as children and infants were slung against to kill them.
A list of the top five longest rivers in the world.
1. Nile River – 4,160 miles (6,695 km)
Located in Northeast Africa, it is the world’s longest river. The river got its name from the Greek word Neilos, which means “valley”. It flows past Cairo and many more large cities. There are four major dams along the Nile River includes there Roseires Dam, Sennar Dam, Aswan High Dam, and Owen Falls Dam. Crocodiles and Fishing Eagles are very common along the Nile River.
2. Amazon River – 4,000 miles (6,437 km)
Located in South America, the Amazon carries more water that any other river. The Amazon river is also anywhere from 4 to 6 miles wide, giving it the name of the widest river in the world. It is not uncommon to see piranhas and anacondas in the Amazon River. There have been many tales of anacondas attacking fisherman, although it is rare for this species of snake to attack a human unless it feels threatened.
3. Yangzte River - 3,900 miles (6,275 km)
Located in China, the Yangzte River is the largest and the longest river in China. Approximately 350 million people live in the Yangzte River area, and for centuries, this large river has been the main source of fresh water for villages nearby. It flows west to east and through the large city of Shanghai where tourists can take boat tours up and down the river.
4. Huang He River - 3,000 miles (4,830 km)
Located in China, the Huang He River is also known as the “Yellow River” because of the large deposits of yellow silt along its
. The second longest river in China, it flows east to the Yellow Sea. In the 1950s, dams began to be built to exploit the river’s hydroelectric energy, and continue to be successful generating renewable energy.
5. Ob-Irtysh River – 3,360 miles (5,410 km)
Located in the Mid-East, the Ob-Irtysh River is actually two rivers; the Ob and Irtysh Rivers, although scientists mainly refer to it as the Ob-Irtysh River. It is frozen from 5 to 6 months a year. During the non-frozen months, the river is crowded with tourists and
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