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November 28, 2005

Ginkgo National Tree of China

The Ginkgo has long been under national protection and is now about to become the national tree of China. According to a nationwide public opinion poll conducted by the Chinese Society of Forestry through mail and Internet voting, 1.77 million of the 1.79 million people, nearly 99 per cent, chose the Ginkgo, "world's No. 1 living fossil", the "Giant Panda of Plantae". The final decision will be made after the National People's Congress reviews the result.


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