Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Great Scholar Tree (大槐树)

"gen" it means roots

That's the fake tree the put up after the real one finally died

Map of the migrations

Lunch in a cave dwelling (窑洞)

This is another pretty famous landmark around here. Located up in Hongtong county (洪洞县), this tree commemorates a large scale migration that took place after the establishment of the Ming Dynasty (明代 1368-1644). Other areas of China had been greatly devastated by wars, so the government organized several migrations to other parts of the empire over a 50 year period. Today many Chinese are able to trace there roots back to this part of the country.

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