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The world’s highest rainforest canopy walk – Skytrees of Mengla, Yunnan

by on Feb.16, 2012, under Posts

The land crossing from Laos into China gave me a bit of a sphincter workout.  The border official saw that I had repeatedly gone in and out of China in the last few years and asked me a bunch of questions.  First, he just wanted to get to know me.  He even asked me who my father is, and what does he do.  Then he called his boss, who immediately started bragging about their new learning computers, with neural net processors, designed to sniff out miscreants like me.  In an unexpectedly friendly turn, he offered me a box of donuts.  As I reached for one, his stern expression returned.  If I wasn’t being completely honest, he threatened, I’d better leave enough room for his fist, because he was looking forward to ramming into my stomach.  I felt like puking all over his pig face at that point, but as a show of good faith, I stuffed the whole donut in my mouth and wolfed it down, doing my best to smile brightly the whole time.

For what seemed like hours, I sat there waiting with my ass clenched so tight you couldn’t squeeze a greased bb up there.  Finally, he came back with a grin and handed me my passport.  As I stood up, finally relaxing my butt cheeks and inadvertently expelling a huge air biscuit,  he gave me a hearty smack between my shoulder blades.  “Welcome to China, Mr. ___.”

By the time I got through, the bus had left and I had to hire a motorcycle to catch up to it.  Fortunately, everything worked out and I arrived safely in Mengla, a town in southern Yunnan province.

A few kilometers from downtown Mengla is a well-designed little nature reserve and park called Skytree, or 望天樹.  It features a protected area of primary rainforest which is home to the endangered Parashorea chinensis Wang Hsie, a tropical tree endemic to this region.

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