The wild Tibetan yak (野牦牛) was once widespread across the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, with an historical range stretching from northern India and Nepal, and throughout the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Xinjiang. It was even found in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and parts of southern Russia until the 18th century, though any real trace of it […]Read more "Tibet: the wild yak"
The province of Xinjiang – full name Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – that borders Kyrgyzstan in the far western reaches of China, is one of the country’s more geographically extreme provinces, befitting of its translated name of “new frontier.” The cities of Karakoram and Urumqi were important stops on the Silk Road, and they have […]Read more "Xinjiang: Glacier tourism banned"
The sun is setting on countless species of animals in China, with the WWF’s ‘Living Planet Report – China 2015’ detailing a 50% decline in animal populations since the 1970s. According to data collected from 1,385 different animal populations comprising birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, populations of terrestrial invertebrates have decreased by 49.7%, and amphibians […]Read more "China: 50% decline in animals since 1970"
The air pollution in Beijing is well known, with the first ‘red alert’ in the city’s history being issued in December of 2015, and the “Airpocalypse Now” headlines that followed. One idea that is currently being looked at is a congestion charge on vehicles in the city, which is home to over 5 million cars […]Read more "Beijing: An answer to the air pollution problem?"
China is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, particularly in the south and southwest of the country. The province of Guizhou is one such example, and the wetlands there are rich in vertebrates and flora. They are also an overwintering site for many birds, and they have been identified as an […]Read more "China: Guizhou wetlands struggling to survive"