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China wants to stop the Gobi desert with 100 billion trees!

Popularity 2Viewed 2289 times 2014-12-30 13:01 |Personal category:Tourism in China|System category:Life| government, Chinese, growing, environment, trees

China is sadly well known for high amount of pollution, both in the air and in the water pushing Chinese tourists to go traveling abroad even though it has 

The latest and most urgent situation is about the expansion of the Gobi desert, effectively reducing the amount of land available for human expansion. This is a threat taken more than seriously by the Chinese government. Earlier this year, they announced a plan to plant close to 100 billion trees in order to circle the growing desert.  It doesn’t come as a surprise that they announced such a gigantic plan. Indeed, when big problems arise, big solutions are taken in order to solve it. What could be called “the Gobi Problem” is only the latest.

The purpose of this natural tree barrier is to simply stop the desert, thus effectively building another Great Wall in China. After the Great Wall itself, the Great Firewall of China, now comes the Great Green Wall of China.

Given the epic proportion, is the Green Great Wall a PR stunt or a real, albeit surreal project?

Regardless, Chinese engineers will have to come up with an out-of-the-box solution to ensure that this project will succeed. Indeed, so far, similar projects have failed since its first occurrence in the 1970s’. In addition, Northern China, around the Gobi Desert suffers from drought and so does Beijing from time to time.

Bottom line, this is a project of a nationwide concern.

How could China pull that one of?

The key idea in China is that, once the People of China decide to do something together anything is possible. It is a mix of modern volunteerism, strict leadership and faith in having the ability to transform reality. A good example of these beliefs would be the Three Gorges Dam that changed the land, the flora and the fauna surrounding the area.   

What are the environmental consequences?

Speaking of which, scientists know very little of the consequence of a project of this magnitude on the flora, the fauna or the atmosphere in general.  Should this project be started, it will take decades to complete.

However, this kind of temporal problem doesn’t seem to concern the current leadership that only sees the irreparable damage that has been done for the past decades in China. Indeed, its transformation into an economic superpower has come at a great cost for China’s natural resources. Some will heal over time, but some will not.

Nowadays, with the overall rising environmental concern within the Chinese population as well as its government, plans are set in motion to correct the past mistakes to improve the quality of life in the country. This is the line adopted by Xi Ji Ping actively promoting this line of thoughts.

However a lot needs to be done at the right places, such as in the centre and west of the country where new factories and newcoming cities are still bound to a classic growth model with little to no regards towards the environment

In the end, measures regarding environment may need a lot of effort to make a major change in China but it will all be worth it in the end. 


No more litter-filled beaches


No more plastic bottles laying around at the R&R areas in the mountains like what you can often see these days.


No more fear of falling sick by drinking tap water.


It would make China way more appealing to inbound Foreign Tourism, and Chinese would be more likely to visit destinations in the country as well resulting in more spendings in China rather than outside. To sum it up : a country much more agreeable to live in.


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