Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Snowy Pine Trees in Shangri-la

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a very Christmassy scene: Snowy Pine Trees in Shangri-la, Yunnan, China.)

Shangri-la (Zhongdian) in Yunnan, China
Snowy pine trees along the streets of Shangri-la in Yunnan, China

Now here's a Why Travel Tuesday photo that's appropriate on many levels. I came upon these snowy pine trees one winter morning along the streets of Shangri-la while traveling in Yunnan, China. The scene reminded me of Christmas even though being a tropical kid, pine trees and snow were just not part of my everyday life growing up. But it did, so I found it appropriate to post the photo today Christmas Eve.

It is very much appropriate as well because I will be seeing some snowy pine trees once again this week when I return to China. I'm traveling this holiday season (incidentally, on my birthday, too) to Anhui, specifically to where filmmaker James Cameron got the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains—Huangshan. My winter gear is ready and I'm packed. I have scheduled my final two stories from Indonesia this week, too, so watch out for those. That only leaves one more thing to do:

Have a Merry Christmas and Safe Travels!

Where are you traveling to this holiday season?

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