China Pictorial (English)

Xinjiang-inner Mongolia Upland and Desert Region


Scope: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and part of Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces as well as some areas of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Total area: About 2.69 million square kilometers Biodiversi­ty conservati­on priority areas:

Altai Mountain area, Tianshan Mountains area, southweste­rn edge of Junggar Basin, Tarim River Basin area, Qilian Mountains area, Kumtag Desert area, West Ordos-helan Mountain-yinshan Mountain area, and Xilingol Grassland area

Rare species: Argali sheep, black stork, relict gull, Haloxylon ammodendro­n, and Euphrates poplar

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Euphrates poplar
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Argali sheep

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