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Xinjiang poppy attracts many tourists

Updated: 2015-05-06
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Poppy fields in Sangong town, Huocheng county have become a popular tourist attraction in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. An increasing number of visitors have come to see the poppies since May, according to Li Naixin, director of the Sangong Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Station.

Poppies cover more than 20 hectares of land in Sangong. Li said that much more poppies blossomed this year than last year due to adequate rainfall and temperature.

Li highlighted that thanks to Sangong town's policies of banning graze and returning the grassland, more poppy lands were available in town. The Sangong town government has prohibited the grazing of animals in 1,666 hectares of grassland since 2011, with the intent to restore an ecological balance.

As more tourists visit Sangong town's grassland, it increases tourism revenue, but it is also placing an extra burden on the ecological environment. Li expressed his concern of the roughly 500 people coming to visit the poppy fields every day putting pressure on the environment. "I hope that tourists could protect the environment while visiting, and try not to drop litter everywhere or pull flowers," said Li.

Xinjiang poppy attracts many tourists

Red poppies come into bloom in Sangong town in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo/xjhc.gov.cn]

Xinjiang poppy attracts many tourists
Visitors take photos in poppy land. [Photo/xjhc.gov.cn]

Edited by Jacob Hooson