Did you know that Yosemite National Park has two “sister” parks? (Why are they never “brother” parks?) The three are: Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou National Parks in China (both World Heritage Sites) and Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile. Early in July, Huangshan sent 6 delegates to Yosemite to schmooze. The Branch Chief for Education, Shauna Potocky, arranded the visit.
They met with Park senior staff, took tours, had dinner and did a signing ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Staff from DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, Naturebridge, and Ansel Adams Gallery also attended.
Who knows, all this goodwill at the park level might – might – encourage improved relations between the political leaders of both countries. China has some very neat tourist attractions: Beijing, Xion, 3 River Gorge, and the Great Wall among them.
I wonder if my Yosemite Park pass will get me into the sister parks?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.” – Xun Zi 350 BCE
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com