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Community life of relocated Tibetan herders
15:23, December 30, 2009  

Picture taken on Dec. 25, 2009 shows two boys in an ecological migrant village in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China's northwest Qinghai Province, riding bikes on the grass in front of their homes. (Xinhua Photo)

The Sanjiangyuan area, located in the hinterland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, southern Qinghai Province, is the source area of three big rivers.

They are: China's two biggest rivers the Yangtze and Yellow and a major international river of Asia the Lancangjiang (Mekong) that winds through Myanmar, the Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Starting from August 2005, the Chinese government planned to grant 7.5 billion yuan (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) for an ecological protection and construction project in the area which covers three Tibetan autonomous prefectures, namely Yushu, Huangnan and Guoluo of the Qinghai Province.

The project involves such protection and construction measures as restoring grazing land to grasslands, restricting livestock breeding, relocating herders and controlling desertification.

So far, 2.7 billion yuan (0.4 billion U.S. dollars) has been used on the project and more than 50,000 herders relocated in township communities.

Source: Xinhuanet
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