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Kapok flowers in Guangzhou: View, eat and win gifts

2017-March-8       Source: Newsgd.com

Kapok is a kind of tropical tree found in southern China, and known to Chinese people as mu mian, “cotton tree”. In 1982, kapok flower was chosen to become the official flower of Guangzhou.

The flower language of kapok is “treasure your loved ones”;

It is said that people who are hit by a falling kapok flower will always be happy;

Kapok tree is also called “the tree of hero”, and kapok flower “the flower of hero”;

Legend has it that, in ancient times, a hero named Ji Bei led people of the Li nationality to resist foreign aggression. Later on, he was betrayed by a traitor and got caught. Although hit by a few arrows, he stood on the peak and became a kapok tree. The arrows turned into branches, and blood into blackish red flowers. In memory of him, the later generation called kapok tree “the tree of hero” respectfully. To further express their love for the ethnic hero, people of Li will plant a kapok tree with much care on every wedding day.

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Editor: Monica Liu

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