Grass grids built in 2000. File photo: courtesy of Yujing branch of Shaanxi Transportation Holding
Photo: Xiao Yi/ China Economic Weekly
“The toll station was never cleaned up, always covered by sand and dust,” Wang Chan, a resident in Yulin of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, recalled her experience in 2010 when she started to work at the Yulin-Jingbian section of a local highway, the first built in a desert in China.
But in 2022, “we clean the booth once a day and no longer feel the sand ‘cutting into our face'” Wang told the Global Times on Tuesday. Thanks to locals’ unswerving efforts to restore plants and improve ecology, the highway has become a green corridor and an epitome of local development’s governance – protecting environment first and exploring opportunity based on that.
More than 160 of the 204-kilometer Yulin-Jingbian highway section was in Maowusu desert when the project was planned in 2000, but the Global Times…