A football field in a Chinese high school has an ancient tree right in the middle, and the school management us not bothered at all. Why is that so?
Beijing’s Yucai High School has well-maintained football field. But the weird part of the story is that the field has a 100-year-old tree growing smack in the middle of it.
Yucai High School is reportedly surrounded by various historical buildings, and this was the only available space for a football field. Before starting work on site, the school did ask permission to have the tree transplanted someplace else, but they were notified that it was hundreds of years old, and considered a national treasure. Having it transplanted was considered too risky, so they were left with no choice but to build the field around it.
Interestingly, Yucai High School is built on the grounds of Beijing’s legendary Royal Gardens of the Minq and Qing dynasties, and a reporter for the Beijing News claims that the strangely-located elm tree is the oldest tree in the Chinese capital. Sources claim the age of the tree is 100 years.
Photos of the Yucai High School football field, with its now-famous tree dead in the center, first started showing up online in the early 2000s, drawing all kinds of humorous comments on social media and news sites, but as people learned about the unique circumstances of the unusual arrangement, (most of) the jokes stopped. The school certainly doesn’t mind people laughing at its expense, in fact, they consider the ancient tree as a symbol of their institution.