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NINGXIA, December 18, China Daily -- En route to Shapotou, there is not much to see except an endless sea of sand. The district, in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, is located where the Yellow River meets the Tengger Desert. For more than five decades researchers have been coming here to fight desertification. Li Xinrong is one of them. 

His mantra is: "Sands are as precious as forests", and having been here for three decades, he has clearly developed a close connection to this arid land. "Deserts are landmarks god has given us. They nurture special biotic resources. We must protect them," he said. 

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ZHEJIANG, November 28, China Daily -- Plants and moss has been installed in a subway car in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The special car is China's first attempt to introduce greenery into public transportation, an agenda that promotes low-carbon and green development. Though the car was only open for 12 hours on Nov 28, 2016, the "forest subway" still received a warm welcome from the public.

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JILIN, November 29, China Daily -- The most authoritative catalogue of rare and endangered plants from Northeast China, written by a Chinese national-leading expert, was published by Northeast Forestry University Publishing recently.

A Color Album of the Rare and Endangered Plants from the Northeast, by Zhou Yao, a biology professor from Tonghua Normal University, documents some 636 rare plants found in the forests of Northeast China.

The book fills a huge gap in the record of flora in the temperate forest ecosystem of the northeast.

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GUIZHOU, November 23, China Daily -- While walking is a popular exercise for many people nowadays, it can be a real challenge for forest ranger Zhang Youguang, who has consistently walked 6 kilometers on mountainous roads daily for 43 years. 

As a young man, Zhang took over the job from his father, who was once a hunter and later accepted the job of protecting the forest, as many people attempted to cut down trees illegally in the 1970s. 

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CHANGSHA, November 14, China Daily -- China will build two wildlife museums for storage of confiscated wildlife products, research and education, said a senior forestry official. 

The two museums, one in Beijing and the other in the central province of Hunan, will be centers for protecting endangered wildlife species and showcasing the country's achievements in cracking down on illegal wildlife trading, said Chen Fengxue, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration. 

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