Data for Mount Tai’s an­cient trees stored on dig­i­tal ID cards

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Ji­nan

Nearly 20,000 an­cient trees on the renowned Mount Tai in Shan­dong province now have “dig­i­tal ID cards”, the Mount Tai scenic area man­age­ment com­mit­tee said on Sun­day.

The dig­i­tal ID cards hold ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on the trees col­lected by a new mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment sys­tem.

Pro­vid­ing ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about the trees, the sys­tem helps rangers ex­am­ine grow­ing en­vi­ron­ment and con­di­tions, and mon­i­tor phys­i­ol­ogy, cli­mate, dis­eases and pests.

The sys­tem can cal­cu­late whether a tree is healthy, weak or dy­ing, while record­ing the harm a tree has suf- fered and the de­gree of any dam­age.

There are 18,195 an­cient trees on Mount Tai, and 1,821 of them are clas­si­fied as first­class an­cient trees, mean­ing they are more than 300 years old, par­tic­u­larly rare or of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

The moun­tain is home to sev­eral fa­mous trees such as a pine named yingkesong (guest-wel­com­ing pine). As a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion on Mount Tai, the more than 500-year-old pine was put on the UNESCO World Cul­tural and Nat­u­ral Her­itage list.

Mount Tai, one of China’s Five Sa­cred Moun­tains, holds great his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance. Its peak is called the “Jade Em­peror Peak” and is about 1,500 me­ters above sea level.

WANG BIAO / FOR CHINA DAILY

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