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Kissing canopies, looking so lovely

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Kissing canopies are now becoming rare sights along the streets of our rapidly developing cities.

We can hardly see them lining the roads in residential areas these days, especially in big cities like Kuala Lumpur.

Sad but true, the very existence of green areas in our cities is constantly under threat from the seemingly unstoppable horde of urbanization.

Definition

What is the meaning of a ‘kissing canopy’?

Brent Toderian, a Canadian city planner and urbanist tweeted on this subject recently.

As in the way he described it, a kissing canopy is formed “when tree canopies above a street, sidewalk or path grow enough to touch overhead.”

Certainly, to make that happen, trees must be planted along both sides of the street, sidewalk or path.

Where art thou, oh kissing trees?

Kissing canopies are hard to find in the ever-increasing concrete jungle.

Yet, their scarcity makes them one of the most valued natural treasures that should be preserved forever.

Let us take a look at some of the places where the public and tourists can relish the beautiful scenery created by kissing trees.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden, Malaysia

Located in the administrative capital of Malaysia, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden covers an area of 93 hectares wide.

Visitors may expect to see an abundance of tropical trees forming green canopies along the walkways in the garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
kissing canopies
Photo: Grinnel Gallery

Established in the 1800s, these beautiful gardens are about 10 kilometers away from Kandy.

Besides strolling under the cool shades of tree canopies, visitors should not miss seeing the huge and spectacular Javan fig tree there.

The largest tree canopy in the world covers an area of 1,600 square meters.

Lomanstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The view of the renowned X trees here is exceptionally breathtaking and frequently photographed by tourists.

Lined by magnificent honey locust trees, this popular street in Amsterdam is located in the posh neighborhood of the Ouid-Zuid (Old South) district.

Paris, France

People always associate Paris with the views of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.

The city of love also has remarkable kissing canopies lining both sides of its pedestrian walkways and roads.

Nami Island, South Korea
Photo: T. Dallas / Shutterstock.com

This island is one of the most popular tourist spots in South Korea, especially among those who have watched the Winter Sonata telenovela.

Many people are willing to brave the cold winter temperature just to get themselves photographed between the two lines of metasequoia trees.

Last but not least…

It will be a great idea if municipalities in Malaysia adopt a policy of encouraging tree planting in cities and towns.

Besides, the green and refreshing scenery, planting trees in urban areas have many benefits as represented in the infographic below.

For the sake of environmental conservation, always remember that we need to plant more trees while at the same time, avoid cutting them down indiscriminately. – RED ANGPOW

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