Yosemite National Park in California is the “crown jewel” of the US National Park system. In order to foster relations with other countries, a “sister” park program has been set up to foster cooperation and information sharing between the parks. Yosemite has three. Two are in China and one is in Chile.
Huangshan National Park is in the Yellow Mountains of eastern China’s Anhui province. It features a mountain range with high peaks, including the 6,115-foot Lotus Peak. 60,000 stone steps lead to the top.
Jiuzhaigou National Park lies in the Sichuan province of central China Over Jiuzhaigou’s 177,000 acres are feature high waterfalls in high alpine valleys surrounded with forests of rhododendron, bamboo and pines. Giant pandas and golden snub-nosed monkeys live in the forests. Cool.
Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia, has nearly 600,000 acres. It includes the geologic Torres (Towers) del Paine, a portion of the Patagonian Icefield, and many lakes, glaciers, rivers and waterfalls. Paine Massif, is8,530 feet above the Patagonian steppe.
I wonder if my park pass will work there?
FYI…I’ll be out in the great outdoors for a week … no internet – so the blog will be on hiatus. See you soon.
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com