Big Banyan Tree

Big Banyan, Yangshuo
Big Banyan, Yangshuo
The Big Banyan Tree is a giant banyan tree that is 4.3 miles (7km) from Yangshuo County in Guilin, Guangxi. More specifically, it grows on the south bank of Jinbao River in Chuanyan Village, about 1.2 miles (2km) from Moon Hill. It has survived over 1,400 years of wind and rain since it was planted during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). You will encounter it while travelling in the picturesque "Ten-Mile Gallery" superb tourist section in Yangshuo County, which was once visited by the former American President Carter.

 

How big is the Banyan Tree

Before seeing the Big Banyan Tree, you can barely image how big it is. The tree measures about 23 feet (7 meters) in circumference and about 56 feet (17 meters) in height. Although the trunk is very old and the roots twisted, its branches and leaves stretch out so lushly that the sunshine hardly penetrates its foliage. Looking from a distance, it resembles a huge green umbrella. Sitting in its shadow on even the hottest summer days, one will feel pleasantly cool.

 

Big Banyan Tree - A Love Tree

Apart from its long history and huge size, the Big Banyan Tree owes its fame to Liu Sanjie, a famous singer of the Zhuang Ethnic Group. A Chinese film about her called "Third Sister Liu" was partly shot here in the 1960s. It was under this tree that Liu Sanjie threw an embroidered ball to her lover Aniu and sang antiphonal folk songs with him. It was also under this tree that Liu Sanjie declared her admiration for Aniu, thus the tree is regarded as a "Love Tree". Now thousands of people come to the "Love Tree" to pray for a happy relationship. By the way, you can find the former residence of Liu Sanjie southwest of the Big Banyan Tree.
 
Big Banyan Tree Scenic Area
Entrance to Big Banyan Tree Scenic Area
Beside the tree is Jinlong River winding its way through Chuanyan Village. Here visitors are provided with the opportunity to be a ferryman and experience independent raft piloting. It is actually much fun. Across the river you will find a hill with a hole in it, thus the village is named Chuanyan, meaning a hill that is penetrated. Northeast of the tree is a popular rock climbing zone. There are ten well developed climbing routes, of which the first was opened by the American climber Todd Skinner.

 

Transportation

There are many ways to get to the Big Banyan Tree from Yangshuo County.
1. You can reach the Big Banyan Tree by foot since it is only 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) from Yangshuo.
2. The most popular way is to rent a bike or a motorbike. A bike costs about CNY10-20 per day and a motorbike may cost a bit more. A deposit of CNY 100 or CNY 200 is needed.
3. Take a bus to Gaotian Town from Yangshuo County and get off at the scenic area.
4. Or you can drift along Yulong River to Gongnong Bridge, and then walk southwest for a few minutes.
Admission Fee CNY 20
Note:
1. Children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet (1.2-1.4m) enjoy half price, while those below 3.9 feet can enter for free.
2. Visitors need to pay CNY 10 for a raft ride if they want to visit the Antiphonal Song Stage across the river.
Opening Hours 8:00 - 17:30
Recommended Time for a Visit Half an hour

 Nearby attraction:
Jianshan Temple, opposite to the Big Banyan Tree Park, is one of the oldest temples in Yangshuo County. Outside the temple is a flower field, attracting many passing cyclists to stop and take pictures. The admission ticket costs CNY 20 per person.