A real life "Lion King" makes an oasis in the desert
How to make an oasis in the desert? What can you make out of the oasis in the desert? Vegetables, fruits, plants for traditional Chinese medicine and solar energy…these are all what the Kubuqi desert may offer.
"This is my destiny and mission, I accept that. Although it's hard, I accept it. As I was born in the desert, the desert is my home."
60 year-old Wang Wenbiao is nicknamed the "son of the desert". He has been greening his hometown, Kubuqi desert for more than 30 years. Wang and his fellow townsmen have tamed the seventh-largest desert in China, making their birthplace and home, the Kubuqi desert, a green and better place to live.
Over the past 30 years, they planted trees and brushes to stop the sand storm and fix the soil. They have built a solar farm in the desert and provided jobs for poverty stricken households in the farm. There is also an organic farm in the desert to plant vegtables and fruits with the help of drip irrgation systerm. The desert now is also a popular tourism attraction.
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Sand dunes are everywhere in "no man's land" of Kubuqi.[Photo: China Plus/Zhang Wan]
Trees and brushes were planted in the desert in the past 30 years.[Photo: China Plus/Wang Xiaoyu]
Local people built an organic farm in the desert.[Photo: China Plus/Zhang Wan]
Farmers present the harvest from the organic farm.[Photo: China Plus/Zhang Wan]
Local workers are packaging the fruits and vegetables in the organic farm.[Photo: China Plus/Wang Xiaoyu]
Tomatoes grow well in the farm. [Photo: China Plus/Wang Xiaoyu]
The solar farm in Kubuqi desert has 650,000 fixed and sun-tracking panels.[Photo: China Plus/Zhang Wan]
The Seven Star Lake in Kubuqi desert becomes a tourism attraction. [Photo: China Plus/Zhang Wan]