Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
November 2011

Great Wall Money Tree China

Money does not grow on trees. Or does it?

Talk about taking things literal – behold, a money tree.

I swore this was some contemporary artist’s idea of an art installation, in the middle of a trail up to the Great Wall of China. Then, I was kindly informed by Flora that this piece of art was less an “installation” and was probably more of a “tradition”, of another country that is.

According to this article, it seems as if locals in some parts of the UK have been, for years, going into the forest and knocking coins into trees, creating these “money trees”. I’m not quite sure whether this particular tree in the vicinity of one of China’s biggest tourist spots was a result of a traveller from the UK who decided he wanted to bring a little of the woods back home halfway across the world to China. But hey, it’s cool nonetheless.


Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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