Ancient Chinese bonsai art takes root in Cuba

Repeating Islands

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A report from Xinhua.

Bonsai clubs have sprouted throughout Cuba, bringing together fans of the ancient Chinese horticultural art form in the cities of Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and in the capital Havana.

Havana’s club gathers 24 active members — whose Biennial Salon to showcase their creations just opened at the House of Chinese Arts and Traditions — in the heart of Chinatown.

The show features almost 50 miniature trees, from lemongrass to casuarina and many other species collected locally, but trimmed and pruned in keeping with the Asian pastime.

Jorge Guerra, 68, a journalist, was introduced to the art of bonsai by a neighbor.

“He is a person with a lot of theoretical knowledge, but he has never made a bonsai. He lent me the first books I read on the subject,” said Guerra.

All the knowledge he acquired from the books prepared him…

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