Barren no more on East China Island

Updated: 2012-10-14 08:54

By Zhu Xingxin (China Daily)

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A group of villagers has managed to cultivate more than 300,000 trees in an effort to rejuvenate Eyuyu Island, a barren plot of land, off Xiamen in Fujian province. When they found the island in the 1980s, there were only five trees. At that time, they were a bigger crowd but the majority decided to turn their backs on the "hopeless" land. Only a few persevered to bring life to the deserted plot and their efforts have paid off. These villagers now have grand plans - they tell Zhu Xingxin that they plan to turn the island into a holiday resort. Watch this space for more updates.

Barren no more on East China Island

Lin Beishui (left), along with his son and wife, sets out from Eyuyu Island, which is lush with greenery as the result of the family's efforts of more than 20 years. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

Barren no more on East China Island

Mangrove, which grows in seashore mud with its aerial root tips above ground, is vital in protecting coastal land. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

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