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The origin of China's Arbor Day

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Update time : 2018-03-09 14:09:06
Every year on March 12th is China's Arbor Day. Actually, this day is the anniversary of the death of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Determine this day as the Arbor Day. First, consider the season of tree planting. Second, commemorate Mr. Sun Yat-sen's achievements in advocating afforestation throughout his life.
Mr. Sun Yat-sen had loved planting trees since he was a child. In his former residence, a hundred-year-old Honolulu Bean Tree still grows. This was Sun Yat-sen, who was only 18 years old in 1883. She was hand-grown with seedlings from Honolulu in the United States and was finally cultivated under his careful cultivation.

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Sun Yat-sen was also the first person in China’s modern history to promote tree planting. The political document he wrote in his own book, "Li Hung-chih," puts forward that if China wants to be strong, it must "immediately develop agronomy and pay attention to arboriculture."
After the Revolution of 1911, Mr. Sun Yat-sen proposed plans for afforestation on a large scale in northern and central China. In a lecture he gave in Guangzhou in 1924, he emphasized: The fundamental method for preventing floods and droughts is to continue planting trees and to build large-scale forests. In addition, he also repeatedly emphasized the dangers of deforestation and the importance of afforestation in many books and speeches, and he personally planted trees.
At the initiative of Mr. Sun Yat-sen, China first stipulated on July 30, 1915 that Ching Ming is an Arbor Day each year. On March 12, 1925, after the death of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, he decided to designate Sun Yat-sen's death date, March 12, as the tree-planting festival to commemorate his commitment to afforestation.