China plans vast national park at Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong river heads

Yangtze river running through Shanghai.

Yangtze river running through Shanghai. Image by eutrophication&hypoxia / CC BY 2.0

A huge national park has been planned for the cradle of China’s three largest rivers. The 30,000-square-kilometre park would cover an area roughly the size of Belgium in Qinghai province, where the country’s three largest rivers - the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong - originate. At 4000 metres in altitude, the region includes a rare combination of glaciers and grasslands, and is home to many protected wildlife species. If given the go-ahead, work would begin on the park by the end of 2015. Read more:

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