FUJIAN, January 1, China Daily -- Wetland's biodiversity and urban planting show progress of efforts to improve environment Chinese crested tern, once thought to be an extinct bird species, are alive and well in the Minjiang River estuary wetland, a natural reserve park in Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian province in East China.

"Chinese crested terns have come to our wetlands every year since the first time we discovered them in 2000. Dozens of them have been spotted by bird watchers recently," said Yang Wenxiu, chief engineer in Minjiang River Estuary Wetland Natural Reserve.

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HUBEI, December 29, China Daily -- Baidutan in Xichuan county, Nanyang, a former barren beach next to the Danjiangkou Reservoir, has become a popular local tourist attraction since thousands of egrets have begun visiting the beach.

Thousands of egrets paddling and flying around the beach formed a stunning backdrop, along with the surrounding greenery and the blue sky.

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CHANGSHA, December 12, China Daily -- Changsha county plans to build 25 new parks as part of its second three-year "green city" plan, after its first three-year plan concluded this year, it was announced on Dec 12.

County officials have set a goal to create an extra 180-hectares of green space in urban areas as well as build 50 community parks in rural areas.

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GUANGDONG, December 3, China Daily -- The wetlands in Leizhou Bay in Guangdong's Zhanjiang were named one of the 10 most notable coastal wetlands on Dec 3, in terms of their value in biodiversity conservation and geology research.

It was co-announced in Shanghai by the SEE (Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology) Foundation, China's largest environmental protection organization, and the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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XINJIANG, November 25 -- Recently, three desert parks in Xinjiang’s Changji Prefecture have been added into the list of National Desert Parks, which are situated in Changji City, Hutubi County and Manasi County respectively. Till now, there are totally 7 National Desert Parks in Xinjiang’s Changji Prefecture, with one National Desert Parks in each City or County.

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