Zuihuai

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Coordinates: 39°55′23.22″N 116°23′33.64″E / 39.9231167°N 116.3926778°E / 39.9231167; 116.3926778

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The zuihuai (Chinese: 罪槐; pinyin: Zuìhuái; literally: "guilty pagoda tree") is a specimen of the pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) located in Jingshan Park, Beijing, China. It is a tourist attraction and national landmark in Jingshan Park. The Chongzhen Emperor, the last ruler of the Ming dynasty, allegedly hanged himself from the tree in 1644 after the imperial capital, Beijing, fell to rebel forces led by Li Zicheng.[1]

The original tree was uprooted during the Cultural Revolution and the tree that is currently standing at the site is a replacement.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Barmé 2011, p. 145.

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