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The Trail to Happiness

By Linda Tancs

Of all the ski destinations in the world, northeastern China might not sound like a natural choice.  Yet the Changbai Mountain region is Asia’s largest ski area.  Bordering Russia and North Korea, the mountain region has a UNESCO nature reserve boasting Siberian tigers and a crater lake, among other attractions.  Now visitors can enjoy the combined luxury of Westin and Sheraton at the mountain’s base, an area rife with ski runs sporting monikers like the Trail to Happiness.  Zen on the slopes?  As American writer Robert Pirsig observed, the only Zen you find on the mountaintop is the Zen you bring there.

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