One person was killed and two more injured when an old tree growing at the Yuelu Academy in Changsha, Hunan province crashed down on the nearby Daxiong Palace, causing part of it to collapse, according to Net Ease News.
Three people were crushed by the collapsed palace. One of them, a female tourist, was killed by the impact.
On August 18, heavy rain fell in Changsha for more than 10 hours. The maple tree, one meter in diameter, was believed to have been effected by it.
Daxiong Palace is one of the most important pieces of architecture at Yuelu Academy, yet its rooftop and walls are now severely destroyed.
The academy was constructed during the ancient North Song Dynasty and has been famed as one of the top four academies in the country. It has been rebuilt many times.
Liu Su, a professor at Hunan University’s School of Architecture, said the academy was bombed by Japanese soldiers and rebuilt without heavy reinforcement.
He said the palace would likely be pulled down and reconstructed in accordance to the original structure and style.
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By Christy Lau