Say What?? Travel Photo: Save the Trees!

All this week, you’ve been seeing signs from Emei Shan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as a Buddhist peak and the historic temples that line its slopes. But today’s sign isn’t about protecting valuables or telling you to like monkeys when you should really fear them; it’s a little saying about nature:

"To give the old-aged and famous trees some concern. they offer you more oxygen and green shade."

A Chinese proverb perhaps? Well, regardless of what this is, it’s understandable why they would want to protect their trees. After all, their landscape is so very lush that it makes the hike up quite serene, at least till you get to the point where you can’t see anything anymore due to all the fog…

Emei Shan Greenery

Foggy Trees at Emei Shan
And…the fog!

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10 Responses to Say What?? Travel Photo: Save the Trees!

  1. Lisa E @chickybus January 7, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Cool photos. Love the third one….it’s eerie and beautiful at the same time. Looks like the trees are trying to say something…

    • Aaron January 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

      I know, aren’t they awesome? And thanks!

  2. Iain Mallory January 7, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Great pics Aaron, especially love the atmospheric misty
    one, top job!

    • Aaron January 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks! I credit mother nature for making striking scenes!

  3. Iain Mallory January 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Still have to capture the image just right 🙂

    • Aaron January 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm #


  4. Samantha Dermot January 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Their proverb makes little sense.. Weird how those trees grew. Could it be because of the permanent/strong winds there? Funny 🙂

    • Aaron January 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      It’s possible. It wasn’t windy when I was there, but they are on the side of a mountain, which I’m sure leaves them exposed to many different elements. It is curious though how the surrounding trees don’t seem to be affected at all…

  5. Siddhartha Joshi January 11, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    The third image is just stunning…beautiful! I have a
    feeling that the Chinese saying hasn’t been translated well, though
    I do get the meaning…

    • Aaron January 11, 2011 at 8:28 am #


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