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Great Green Wall against sandstorms and climate change

China’s state and party leader Xi Jinping planted trees with schoolchildren in Beijing in April 2021.

In Ritan Park in central Beijing, some trees bear special signs such as “Nine Dragon Cypress”. Some of the park’s 44 ancient specimens are fenced off, their hanging branches supported by wooden poles. The trees are several hundred years old and thus sacred, so to speak. Such old trees are rather special. They have become rare in the metropolises of the People’s Republic. For decades, urban planning had left little room for recreational parks. For many years, storms from the west swept fine grains of sand from the Gobi Desert across the city in the spring.

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