King Cypress

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King Cypress tree - the oldest tree in Tibet and perhaps China

King Cypress (Chinese: 柏树王; pinyin: Bóshù wáng; also known as Great Cypress, or as Tibetans call it "the God of Tree") is a giant cypress tree (Cupressus gigantea) in Tibet (about 50 metres high, 5.8 metres in diameter, 0.165 acre of crown-projection-area and calculated age of 2,600 years).[1][2] King Cypress is part of the Northeastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests and is located near the village of Bajie, about 7 km (4.3 mi) southeast from the town of Bayi, Nyingchi. King Cypress is surrounded by at least 0.1 km² of ancient cypress-trees with an average height of 44 m. King Cypress is said to be the "life tree" of Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche, founder of the Bön tradition of Tibet.


Coordinates: 29°37′22″N 94°24′9″E / 29.62278°N 94.40250°E / 29.62278; 94.40250