This one is a bit of a stumper, one that I think Peter Wharton might have the best insight into. There are eight pillars in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, four in the Scholarâ€™s pavilion and four in the main pavilion, made of what is referred to only as â€˜nanâ€™ wood (spelled phonetically here). At the time the garden was constructed, in the early 1980â€™s, the wood was already so precious and rare that a gift of eight such timbers was considered generous. I would very much like to find out the species of tree that is the source of this wood. It was traditionally selected for use for the posts in building because of its durability and resistance to insect damage. This suggests to me that it may be resinous and very possibly coniferous in origin. Any thoughts?