Photo shows a view of snow-covered terraced fields in Houchi village, Shexian county, Handan city, north China’s Hebei province. (Photo by Wang Jianzheng/People’s Daily Online)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently designated three sites in China as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), bringing the total number of GIAHS in China to 18, the highest in the world.
The three sites, which include an ancient tea-producing area in Anxi county, east China’s Fujian province; a nomadic livestock-rearing region in Chifeng city, north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region; and a rain-fed stone terrace farming system in Shexian county, north China’s Hebei province, were recognized as GIAHS by the FAO through online an investigation, the first in the history of the GIAHS program.
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