China protects ancient trees from people who love them too much
March 23, 1999
Web posted at: 10:31 p.m. EST (0331 GMT)
BEIJING (CNN) -- Rubbing up against tree trunks has long been a popular early-morning exercise in the Chinese capital -- but no more.
China has enacted new laws to protect Beijing's 40,000 rare and ancient trees, which many people use to do their exercises. Some enthusiasts even claim it helps treat rheumatism and other ailments.
|CNN's Matt Walsh reports on an unusual tree conservation program
CNN's Matt Walsh reports on why the Communist government is taking steps to protect both people and trees.
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