China’s New National Park to Protect Mekong Headwaters

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QinghaiChina will start developing the infrastucture for a huge new national park this year in the western province of Qinghai, Xinhua reports. The vast wetland and grassland area will become China’s first centrally-administered national park.

The new Sanjiangyuan National Park will cover an area of approximately 120,000m² – larger than South Korea – and is being created to protect the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang-Mekong rivers. Sanjiangyuan literally means “the source of three rivers”.

A total of CNY1 billion (US$145 million) is being allocated to infrastructure, including road-building projects.

Source: Xinhua via Travel Daily Asia.

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