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China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Updated : 2019-11-14 18:12:39

The Chinese government wants to set limits on the region's growth in order to implement its own version of one of the US's proudest legacies — a national park system. One of the first pilot parks will be in Qinghai, a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and sharing much of its cultural legacy.

Peaks reach toward the sky in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. Ringed by the world’s tallest mountain ranges, the region is long known as “the rooftop of the world” is now in the crosshairs of China’s latest modernization push. But this time, the Chinese government wants to set limits on the region’s growth in order to implement its own version of one of the US’s proudest legacies - a national park system. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Peaks reach toward the sky in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. Ringed by the world’s tallest mountain ranges, the region is long known as “the rooftop of the world” is now in the crosshairs of China’s latest modernization push. But this time, the Chinese government wants to set limits on the region’s growth in order to implement its own version of one of the US’s proudest legacies - a national park system. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Clouds hover over the mountainous landscape in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. China aims to build Its own Yellowstone on the Tibetan plateau. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Clouds hover over the mountainous landscape in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. China aims to build Its own Yellowstone on the Tibetan plateau. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Tibetan youth sits at the base of a natural cave formation in Angsai. China has previously undertaken vast resettlement programs to clear land for large infrastructure projects, but in developing the national parks, the government is giving conservation-related jobs to at least a swath of people living in Sanjiangyuan to stay and work on their land. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Tibetan youth sits at the base of a natural cave formation in Angsai. China has previously undertaken vast resettlement programs to clear land for large infrastructure projects, but in developing the national parks, the government is giving conservation-related jobs to at least a swath of people living in Sanjiangyuan to stay and work on their land. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tibetan women milk their yaks in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. Qinghai is a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and shares much of its cultural legacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tibetan women milk their yaks in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. Qinghai is a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and shares much of its cultural legacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Kunchok Jangtse positions a camera trap in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. The Tibetan herder also has a job installing and maintaining the motion-activated cameras, which help scientists monitor endangered species in the area. “Our religion is connected with wild animals because wild animals have a consciousness and can feel love and compassion _ therefore, we protect wild-animals,” he says. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Kunchok Jangtse positions a camera trap in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. The Tibetan herder also has a job installing and maintaining the motion-activated cameras, which help scientists monitor endangered species in the area. “Our religion is connected with wild animals because wild animals have a consciousness and can feel love and compassion _ therefore, we protect wild-animals,” he says. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Kunchok Jangtse, a Tibetan herder who also instals and maintains motion-activated cameras, works on a camera in Angsai. His work helps scientists monitor endangered species. “I’m not a highly educated person, and I am very concerned it may bring many difficulties in my life if I would switch my job and move to another place,” he says. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Kunchok Jangtse, a Tibetan herder who also instals and maintains motion-activated cameras, works on a camera in Angsai. His work helps scientists monitor endangered species. “I’m not a highly educated person, and I am very concerned it may bring many difficulties in my life if I would switch my job and move to another place,” he says. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tibetan prayer flags are seen during a clear day in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region. Qinghai is a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and shares much of its cultural legacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tibetan prayer flags are seen during a clear day in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region. Qinghai is a vast region in western China abutting Tibet and shares much of its cultural legacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Glover's Pika surveys its surrounding in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Glover's Pika surveys its surrounding in Angsai, an area inside the Sanjiangyuan region in western China's Qinghai province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors climb Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. The ambition to create a unified park system represents “a new and serious effort to safeguard China’s biodiversity and natural heritage,” says Duke University ecologist Stuart Pimm. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors climb Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. The ambition to create a unified park system represents “a new and serious effort to safeguard China’s biodiversity and natural heritage,” says Duke University ecologist Stuart Pimm. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tourists stand in shallow water along the Nine Bends River in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Tourists stand in shallow water along the Nine Bends River in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A visitor poses for a photo on Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A visitor poses for a photo on Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman poses for photos near a waterfall in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman poses for photos near a waterfall in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors climb Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Visitors climb Tianyou peak in Wuyishan in eastern China's Fujian province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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