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Vines have to be dragged into the ground and buried as the temperature can dive to minus 20 degrees Celsius in winter in Xinjiang

It is not possible – not yet anyway – to be buried alive and come back in the flesh. That may be the subject of a future Marvel or DC Comics movie but, for now, human endurance has its limits. The same cannot be said for plant life.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of vines are buried in winter in the provinces of Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia, Shanxi, Hebei, and Jilin. Only to reappear in the spring. This death-defying measure to preserve life is because vines simply cannot survive when the mercury dives to minus 20 degrees Celsius. It gets even colder in some years. Burying vines is not unlike inducing a state of comatose on a patient in order for him to harness every ounce of human energy in order to revive life. Is there however, a permanent cost to the vine?

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