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|Wednesday, April 11, 2001, updated at 15:37(GMT+8)|
Primitive Forest Well Protected in Scenic GuilinEco-protection efforts have paid off at Mao'er Mountain of Guilin, a karst area which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in south China, according to a national environmental research team.
Mao'er Mountain, 2,141 meters high, is the source of the scenic Lijiang River in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where 32 species of animals under state protection and 32 types of rare trees exist, among which 13 trees are only found in the area. In addition, three kinds of large fungi have been found in the area.
Since last September, the scientists have been involved in a comprehensive study in the Mao'er Nature Reserve which covers a total area of 170 square kilometers, with a forest coverage of 96. 4 percent.
Mao'er Mountain is the source area for 39 rivers, connecting the two largest river systems of the Pearl River and the Yangtze River and boasting a water resource of 47.38 million cubic meters.
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