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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, December 14, 2009

Zion National Park Partners With Park in China

Utah's Zion National Park has formed a sister relationship with Danxiashan National Park in China. TheSpectrum.com has this article about the relationship. Below are details.

"The real value is in the exchange of culture," he said. "It leads toward a peaceful co-existence."

He added that the agreement between the parks will involve sharing ideas, staff and research in an attempt to better understand both parks and cultures.

Danxiashan Director Yu Changyong said his park contacted Zion about a possible relationship because the two parks share a similar formation of red rocks.

"Among all the red rock in America, Zion is the most diverse," he said through a translator. "We would like to work together for conservation and research of the red rock."

"Their climate is much wetter," she (Zion Park Ranger Adrienne Fitzgerald) said. "It ends up looking different, but it's geomorphically very similar."

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