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The Large Camphor Tree(沙螺灣樟樹王), Sha Lo Wan , Lantau Island
Hong Kong

It is known that the large camphor trees at Sha Lo Wan Tsuen(village) on Lantau Island. Thay have a history of more than a thousand years.

When Hong Kong was under the occupation of the Japanese army, due to a shortage of fuel, there was a great demomd for wood. As a result, the Japanese soldiers lumberdd everywhere, but the soldiers dared not fell this large camphor trees. They seemed to have sprits and whenever after heavy rain, smoke thought that the god appeared and they regarded the camphor trees as trees of spirit. Hence, the camphor trees could remain intact and become the 'fung shui' trees of Sha Lo Wan Tsuen.

沙螺灣村有棵千歲樟樹王,村民視之為神樹,每逢大雨後,大樹會發出縷縷青煙,日軍入侵香港期間,因缺燃料,到處砍樹,惟獨不敢砍這棵大樟樹,怕褻瀆神明,這棵千年大樹得以保存至今。

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Uploaded: 09/09/2011
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