Pictured here is one of the large old
Banyan trees outside the Stanley Plaza. These historic
trees were once common in the area but few remain. Located
between the modern Stanley Plaza shopping complex and the behind
the Tai Wong Temple it was originally preserved because it
brought good feng shui to the temple, but now is
just as much admired for the cooling shade it casts.
Large trees of this and other varieties are often found
behind temples or traditional homes as being between a wooded
slope and sea is seen as a auspicious position.
The large number of Aerial roots that hang down from the
branches of the tree have merged together over time and formed
extra trunks which makes trees of this type particularly robust
and able to the withstand storms and high winds much better than
single trunked trees.