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BEIJING, August 7, Chinadaily -- China faces a serious threat of deteriorating land and the extinction of rare animals and plants, though it has formed a basic network of protection zones, the national environmental protection authority said.

Ninety percent of the grassland in China has seen varying degrees of degradation or desertification, and 40 percent of the major wetlands are facing the threat of degradation, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Thursday.

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Anzihe Nature Reserve

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NINGXIA, August 7, Xinhua -- According to Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region's forestry department, forestry coverage rate rises from 8.4 percents in 2000 to 13.8 percents now after the implementation of retiring fragile land from farming and switching it to forestation.

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BEIJING, August 7, China.org.cn -- The government has allocated more than 400 billion yuan (around 65 billion U.S. dollars) to projects returning farmland to forest since 1999, it said on Friday.

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SICHUAN, August 5, CRI -- Visitors are invited to Emei Mountain of southwest China's Sichuan province, where they can learn flower arrangement with a Taiwanese teacher, sip fine tea and feast on dishes which utilize flower petals as ingredients.

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Scenery of Emei Mountain in Sichuan.

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HEBEI, July 24, Xinhua -- Chengde has planted about 35,000 mu (2,300 hectares) of trees during recent rainy season.

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Farmers plant Chinese pines in Luanping County, Chengde city, north China's Province, July 24, 2015. (Xinhua/Liu Huanyu)

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