Beijing gears up for building system of national botanical gardens

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China has started building a system of national botanical gardens in Beijing, Guangzhou, and other cities, said President Xi Jinping on Tuesday as he addressed the leaders' summit of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity via video link.

After over 70 years of efforts of planting forests and vegetation, the Chinese capital is fully prepared for building a system of national botanical gardens. The city now has 250 large green areas (each covering 67 hectares and above) and 29 forests and wetlands (each covering 670 hectares and above).

The city plans to build a national botanical garden covering an area of 360 hectares in the sub-center during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025). 

Since 2012, Beijing has completed two rounds of afforestation projects, optimizing the city's ecological pattern in a large scale.

The key areas around the city's sub-center, the Daxing International Airport, and the Winter Olympic venues have been transformed into ecological spaces with blue skies and green lands.

In addition, Beijing has become home to many animals and plants, including rare and endangered ones. According to data from the municipal gardening and greening bureau, nearly 600 species of terrestrial wild animals and over 80 key state- or city-protected plants live in the city.

The citizens' enthusiasm for exploring nature has been fully ignited. Exhibitions of plants have become popular events during the holidays. The chrysanthemum exhibition and the endangered plants exhibition hosted by the Beijing Botanical Garden attracted thousands of visitors during the National Day holiday.

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