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Welcome to a new Weekend Series on Drink Tea & Travel: Cultural Close-ups.

Cultural Close-ups are photographs and stories from around the world that go beyond the pretty sights and famous attractions.

Today’s Cultural Close-up comes from a small town, Zhujiajiao, located about an hour away from Shanghai. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the trees at the entrance to this typical Chinese Buddhist Temple are covered in red ribbons. In Chinese culture, colour red symbolizes good luck and joy. It is believed that tying a red ribbon to the “wishing tree” will make the wish come true. The higher the ribbon is tied, the more likely it is that the wish will come true.

Red Ribbons on wishing tree in Zhujiajiao, China

Red Ribbons on wishing tree in Zhujiajiao, China

So if you are ever visiting China, remember to make a wish and tie a red ribbon on the wishing tree.

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Cultural Close-ups will be published every weekend under the Cultural Close-ups Section on Drink Tea and Travel. If you’d like to contribute a photo and a short story to Cultural Close-Ups, please email your submission to [email protected]

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Cultural Close-up Series features photographs and stories from around the world that go beyond the pretty sights and famous attractions.