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nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi
ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.
To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav
ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t
hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.
ial media, they develop a negative relationship with their bodies. This often leads th
em to engage in “fat talk”－resulting in much lower self-esteem, Shen added.
Ye, from Hangzhou, who works as an accountant for Silergy Corp, said more than 90 percent of her colleagues in the finance
department are women, ranging in age from the early 20s to late 40s. Some have families, while others are singl
e or just “jump into” romantic relations. But all of them have varying degrees of dissatisfaction with their body shape.
“Every woman in our office is unhappy with at least one part of her b
ody. One of them might say her face is too round, while others are unhappy with their arms when
we sit together and gossip,” said Ye, who weighs 48 kg but frowns as she looks at the shape of her thighs.
“I have often thought I would be more attractive if my thighs were thinner,” she said, a
dding that one of her colleagues had not eaten dinner for at least two years in order to stay slim.
be released immediately after passing on-site inspections, providing they
have valid electronic chips and their owners have valid reports showing rabies anti
body test results from any of 62 authorized laboratories in various countries, according to the regulation.
Certified service dogs, such as guide dogs, will also be free from extended quarantine periods.
If the animals fail to meet the above-mentioned three criteria, they have to be quarantined for 30 days, according to the regulation.
Under previous rules, all pets, except service dogs, had to be placed under quarantine in desi
gnated areas for at least seven days, and in some cases 30 days, upon entering the Chinese mainland.
The former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspe
ction and Quarantine, which supervised entry-exit inspections and quarantines, told China Daily
in 2016 that it was considering revising the regulation so pets could be released after passin