JINAN, March 28, Xinhua -- Photo taken on March 27, 2016 shows cherry blossoms in Wulongtan Park in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Wulongtan Park in recent days. (Xinhua/Feng Jie)

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BEIJING, March 10 -- During the session of 2016 National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Lan Lingli, representative of the National Congress suggested to increase the proportion of forestry carbon in carbon trade market , so as to spotlight the main function and position of forestry in ecological civilization construction. National carbon trade is to initiated in 2017.

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JIANGXI, March 3, Xinhua -- People come to visit a tulip exhibition displaying over one million tulips in a forest park in Nanchang, capital of central China's Jiangxi Province, March 3, 2016.

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CHANGXING, February 20, Xinhua -- Known as "China's hometown of plum flowers", lincheng town has attracted many visitors for its more than 20,000 mu of blooming plum flowers as from late February.

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People visit the plum garden in Lincheng Town of Changxing County, east China's Zhejiang Province, Feb. 20, 2016. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

BEIJING, February 17, Xinhua -- Local governments are hoping that half a million loggers will embrace new job opportunities as China phases in a ban on commercial logging in natural forests.

Fan Zhaoyi was among the first to capitalize on these new opportunities when he turned his log cabin in Shuangfeng Forest, Heilongjiang Province, into a guesthouse for tourists six years ago.

Though many local people were skeptical about starting their own businesses, Fan took his chance. His hotel with 15 rooms now earns him over 400,000 yuan (about 61,000 U.S. dollars) a year, almost 20 times what he made as a logger.

"Not many people liked the idea at that time. They did not know what the forest could offer other than timber," Fan said. "They did not know that what was ordinary to our eyes was extraordinary to other people."

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