> ELDERLY COUPLE BY THE MARRIAGE TREE I
N THE FORBIDDEN CITY IN BEIJING
The 'Marriage Tree' in the Forbidden City consists of two separate trees that became entwined and grew together into one tree over the years. It is THE place for married couples to go and have their photograph taken.
There was quite a queue the day were there (in November 2007). This was the oldest couple that posed by the tree and they touched the hearts of everyone who was there that day!
'The imagination is a tree. It has the integrative virtues of a tree. It is root and boughs. It lives between earth and sky. It lives in the earth and in the wind. The imagined tree imperceptibly becomes the cosmological tree, the tree which epitomizes a universe, which makes a universe'.
French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard
And the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote:
Oh, I who long to grow// I look outside myself, and the tree//inside me grows