The last part of Forbidden City has a big garden, filled with beautiful pavilions and fake mountains, created with artistic rocks. The trees are a special touch, because they only exist in that part.
Here we can see a double cypress. when young these two small trees were planted side by side and in some part of their lives they were united and grew up like one.
It reminds me a bit of Japan with the fake mountains etc. you write about. Nice the interaction of the lady exploring this funny looking tree. She has a smile on her face, maybe also wondering how they did this. They're true garden architects.
The charming woman really makes the image! Looks like the joining was deliberate with the closeness of the planting. I wonder about the age of the tree. When I went looking for the tree age, I discovered its love story. Since the garden was started in 1420, it could be almost 600 years old. I continue to enjoy your China trip,