In October 2014 I was fortunate to be part of a Sister Cities delegation to our sister city Shijiazhuang in Hebei China. While visiting a temple in the district the current President Xi was mayor we found this 1000 year old tree and decided we had never hugged a tree that old and there was no time like the present.
The people of Shijiazhuang are wonderful hosts and were so friendly. The accommodations were amazing and affordable. The food was so delightful and fun to explore.