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Septem­ber 23

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Es­caped fish threaten en­dan­gered wild stur­geon

The en­dan­gered pure­bred Chi­nese wild stur­geon in China’s long­est river – the Yangtze – could face a height­ened threat of ex­tinc­tion as a re­sult of nearly 10,000 tons of for­eign and hy­brid stur­geon be­ing washed out of a breed­ing fa­cil­ity in heavy water flows.

Af­ter a reser­voir opened a slice to re­lease flood­wa­ter on July 19, the for­eign and hy­brid were killed or es­caped to the mid­dle and lower reaches of the river. Sci­en­tists worry that the hy­brid and for­eign species may now in­ter­breed with the wild stur­geon in the river.

Pure­bred Chi­nese stur­geon date to 140 mil­lion years ago. The pop­u­la­tion of adult pure­bred Chi­nese stur­geons was es­ti­mated at about 100 at the end of last year, com­pared with 10,000 in the 1970s, ac­cord­ing to a pro­tec­tion plan for the fish re­leased by the State Forestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Na­tional Day book­ings for travel to US surge

Book­ings for travel to the US dur­ing China’s Na­tional Day hol­i­day, from Oct 1 to 7, are triple the num­ber from last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

The in­crease is a re­sult of ben­e­fi­cial tourism poli­cies adopted by both China and the US, ac­cord­ing to lv­mama.com, a ma­jor on­line travel book­ing plat­form.

Such fac­tors as the mu­tual ap­proval of visas al­low­ing mul­ti­ple en­tries within 10 years and the launch of new di­rect flights be­tween the two coun­tries are also mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, ac­cord­ing to Ctrip.

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