China is becoming one of the most visited countries in the world, thanks to its aggressive marketing strategies, its more lenient standards and rules in tourism, as well as the high value the government places not only in the restoration but also in the preservation of its landmarks, both manmade and natural. In the process, domestic and foreign tourists do not end up in very few places alone. They are scattered in various parts of the land including in Zheijiang Province.
Zheijiang Province is emerging to be a tourist favorite because of the great combination of the old and new buildings, and the manmade and natural attractions. Located in the eastern region of the country and around 4 to 5 hours away from Beijing, Zheijiang offers some of the best wonders such as the Baishanzu National Natural Protection Zone.
The Baishanzu National Natural Protection Zone is also known as the Fengyangshan-Baishanzu National Nature Reserve. It covers a great deal of land as it’s a combination of two separate reserves. These are Baishanzu and Fengyang Shan. Through the government’s efforts, these two were formally joined together more than 20 years ago.
The now-large natural reserve is extremely important for the people of China. It’s one of the very few remaining authentic vegetations in the country—that is, a good part of it still remain untouched or hardly explored and manipulated by humans. It is currently the home of more than 2,000 kinds of insects as well as a myriad of animals such as Sumatran serow, clouded leopard, and Elliot’s pheasants. The forest, on the other hand, is composed of trees with either broad or needle-like leaves; most of them have been around several centuries ago. The Fenyang Shan and Baishanzu reserves have close to 1,500 and 1,600 varieties of plants, respectively, and more than 40 percent of them are native of China. Aside from good soil, the reserves are also blessed with abundant and regular rainfall.
What to Do
Nevertheless, the reserve remains in threat, especially since industrial progress is going along the eastern provinces. In fact there are already over 12 different kinds of plants that are considered to be very vulnerable or in danger of extinction. These include the Baishanzu fir. The animals aren’t spared either. Species such as Elliot’s pheasants, brown-cheste jungle flycatcher, and Cabot’s tragopan are classified as either vulnerable or near threatened.
The government, through the right implementing agencies, is working in reserving the problem, and based on the latest updates, they are making great successes. Nevertheless, as a traveler, it’s your duty to ensure that you don’t disturb the reserve in any way.
The reserves are also composed of mountains, such as the Jiulong Mountain. It stands more than 1,700 meters above sea level and is a habitat of some of the rarest breeds like the golden cat. There are different types of paths you can follow, many of which guarantee a beautiful view of the expanse of the reserves. The highest peak of the province, Huangmaojian Peak, is also within the reserve. It is already close to 2,000 meters in altitude.