Yin Yuzhen, a Chinese female farmer, planted with a little help from her friends and associates over 2 million trees; built three highways over 40 kilometers; erected over 50,000 acres of sand-screening barriers; dug 12 wells; developed over 500 acres of irrigated land; fed over 400 sheep and 30 cows and turned a desert into a tourist center
The woman fulfilled her feat in 30 long years in the Ordos Desert in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
According to Women of China website Yin has devoted herself for that three decades to reversing desertification. Finally, a vast stretch of desolate desert has become a lush oasis and Yin became prosperous.
Then she began to think how she could use her master piece in terms of tourism.
The press version of the digital bulletin of the All-China Women s Federation revealed that de former farmer intends to combine modern agriculture with tourism. She invested over 40 million yuan, both through self-financing and higher officials’ support.
This was to start the construction of a desert ecosystem pilot scheme that integrates catering, accommodation, recreation, sports, fitness, and desertification education.
Today, Yin Yuzhen has built 1,000 square meters of ecological restaurants and over 400 square meters of two-story office buildings in the “eco park.” It is expected to be put into use by the end of next September.
The self-made Chinese businesswoman assured that her intention was not “the bubble reputation, even though I’ve become famous”. “I just hope more people can join the group of anti-desertification and learn from the experience of sand control,” Yin concluded.
Mrs. Yin’s 30 year effort has not been a waste of time.
Regardless of the politically correct objective of the article, Yin’s long effort coincides with calls from world scientists to face climate change.
Recently the World Tourism Organization estimated on its official website that Tourism cannot be singled out of the global response to climate change. “The sector must be transparent and coherent and not forget the dual relationship between tourism and global warming, both as its victim and contributor?”, the organization added.
While rising sea levels, desertification, deforestation or the melting of snow and glaciers hurt the tourism economy, the sector also contributes through its very existence to the warming process.
Desertification and the scarcity of water making regions less hospitable for both local communities and tourists.