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China creates huge new national park

February 7, 2017

Published on Feb 7, 2017

Sanjiangyuan National Park designed to protect headwaters of Asia's three longest rivers

China will start to create a huge new national park this year in the western province of Qinghai, Xinhua reports.

QinghaiThe new Sanjiangyuan National Park will cover an area of approximately 120,000m² – larger than South Korea – and is being created to protect the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong rivers.

A total of CNY1 billion (US$145 million) is being allocated for the development of infrastructure in the national park, including road-building projects, which will commence this year.

By 2020, this vast wetland and grassland area will become China's first centrally-administered national park.

Sanjiangyuan, which literally means "the source of three rivers," is where Asia's three longest rivers all originate on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong rivers eventually flow for a combined length of more than 16,500km.


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