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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GUANGZHOU, February 16 -- The 22th Guangzhou Garden EXPO opens from February 4 to March 5 in 2016, which will last for 31 days.

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The 22th Guangzhou Garden EXPO opens on February 4, 2016.

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BEIJING, January 23, Xinhua -- The highest temperature in Beijing dropped to minus 10 degrees Celsius on Friday and will hit a 30-year low record of minus 17 degrees Celsius from Saturday through Sunday, the Beijing meteorological station said. The zoo protected its animals from the cold wave in various ways.

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YUNNAN, January 12 -- According to the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province, the walnut plantation area has reached 42.3 million mu (2.82 million ha) in 2015, with an output volume of 850,000 tons and a value of 26.6 billion Yuan. Yunnan becomes the biggest walnut plantation area in China.

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YUNNAN, December 29 -- International Camellia Congress is the highest standard camellia congress in the world, which is held once every two years. International Camellia Congress 2016 will be held during February 18 - March 2, 2016 in Dali City of Yunnan Province in China.

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