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Biodiversity in SW China's Yunnan

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Aerial photo taken on Dec. 16, 2017 shows cherry trees on Wuliang Mountain in Nanjian Yi Autonomous County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)

KUNMING, Oct. 1(Xinhua) — Though Yunnan accounts for only 4.1 percent of China’s land area, the province is yet deemed “Kingdom of Animals and Plants” and “Gene Bank of Species” because it harbors more than 50 percent of the country’s biological species.

In recent years, China has made significant achievements in ecological conservation with the enforcement of laws, policies and other measures, such as the construction of national parks and a ban on forest logging.

Yunnan has established 166 nature reserves at different levels, protecting about 90 percent of the typical ecosystem and 85 percent of important species, including Asian elephants and Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys.

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Two Asian elephants drink water in a jungle near the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Nov. 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Mangmang)

Photo taken on March 28, 2017 shows a view of the Meili Snow Mountain in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2019 shows cole flower fields in Luoping County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.(Xinhua/Qin Qing)

An Asian elephant named “Xiao Qiang” enjoys a shower at the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Nov. 12, 2019. (Xinhua/Jin Linpeng)

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Aerial photo taken on Jan. 5, 2019 shows dawn redwoods in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

A snub-nosed monkey is pictured at the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park in Shangri-La, Deqen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, May 23, 2020.(Xinhua/Hu Chao)

Aerial photo taken on May 16, 2020 shows the Nujiang Valley in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. (Xinhua/Jiang Wenyao)

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