Jungle Wonders and Miracle Trees in China

ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY ANNIE LEE

The idea is to squeal if you see it. Hundreds of us crowd the "tree that looks like an elephant," squinting, tilting heads. A cry attracts a crush of butting bodies and cameras, trying to steal the squealer's view of this miracle of botany. A sort of stop-start rhythm develops. "Eek!" jostle, click. "Eek!" bustle, click. I can just about make out what all the fuss is about. The banyan does have four roots that could be legs and a longer one that might be a trunk. But where's the tail? Or the tusks? Or the ears? On the other hand,...

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