China, reflected in Ken Burns' "National Parks" documentary | Speaking of China

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  1. Dave
    Dave December 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm | | Reply

    Having just returned from an amazing 10 day canoe trip through the Everglades National Park and into the Gulf of Mexico, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s probably the only two countries in the world that can boast such a sheer variety of natural wonders. That would be the USA and China, at least that’s to the best of my knowledge. I’ve been curious though. I’ve been to several of America’s gorgeous treasures, the Grand Canyon, Olympic National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Everglades National, Key Biscayne National, and Santa Fe Unesco heritage site, and obviously due to the US’s long history, and mistakes, the management and purpose of the parks is well known. How is China coming along in this, and do they have an up and coming outdoor culture over there? Hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Given how so many outdoor products (tents as an example) are manufactured in China, are they themselves taking some time out to experience the natural wonders of their country, and is there a movement or a system in place to preserve and protect their natural and historic (which is massive given their recorded 4000 year history, compared to our 10,000 occasionally marked with some artifacts history). I’ve seen a lot of old water color paintings of sumptuous mountains and riverscapes from China, and it’d be great to know if those are still around.

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