A decade through the lens: Mountains rise to ecoprotection role

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-10-20 20:00
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Editor's note: To mark the convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, China Daily has selected 10 sets of photo stories that illustrate various aspects of the country's development during the past decade. The photos, posters and videos showcase the achievements and experiences of the Party's cause, and the country under Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. This is the eighth in the series.

Members of the Qingyanggou Protection Station's all-female team of rangers pick up garbage on pastures in Qilian county, Qinghai province, on Aug 8.

Straddling the provinces of Qinghai and Gansu in Northwest China, the Qilian Mountains are a crucially important watershed of the Yellow River and a vital protective barrier for the region's ecosystem. Established in 2017, the Qilian Mountain National Park covers more than 50,000 square kilometers and features a variety of habitats, all under State protection.

The Qingyanggou Protection Station is part of the Qinghai section of the national park. Located on pastureland with an average altitude of 3,100 meters and about 12 kilometers from the seat of Qilian county, Haibei Tibet autonomous prefecture, the station boasts an all-female team of rangers.

The 32 members of the team are all herders who live on the pastures. The oldest member is 45, while the youngest is 21. They are responsible for forest and grassland patrols, rescuing wildlife in danger, fire prevention work and the promotion of environmental protection among residents.

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Female rangers with their male colleagues at the protection station.
Members of the team take a break after a regular patrol on the pastures on Aug 8. WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY
A ranger rides on a motorcycle with her child on her back as she heads to a patrol with a colleague on Aug 8. WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY
Rangers patrol woodland in the Qilian Mountain National Park on Dec 22.
A ranger takes a photo to record a plant species during a patrol on Aug 8.
Rangers log their sightings during a patrol via a cellphone in September 2020. Provided by Qilian Mountain National Park(Qinghai)
An animal keeper feeds a red deer and a blue sheep at the wildlife rescue and breeding center in the national park's Qinghai section on Aug 8. WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY
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