Zhejiang Park has a unique ecosystem

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A black muntjac is captured on an infrared camera in Zhejiang National Park. [Photo/China Daily]

Visitors to the site in the eastern part of the province may encounter rare and endangered species

A Chinese serow drinks from a clear stream, a leopard prowls stealthily in the mountains at night, an Asiatic black bear roams the forest in broad daylight, and a crested serpent eagle weaves its way through the sky.

These are among the most common sites in the Qianjiangyuan section of the Qianjiangyuan-Baishanzu National Park, which was established in 2020 from the integration of Qianjiangyuan and Baishanzu National Parks.

Located in the northwest part of Kaihua County in Zhejiang Province, the Qianjiangyuan section of the park covers an area of ​​252 square kilometers and includes three reserves, four towns and 21 administrative villages. It was one of the first 10 pilot national parks established in 2016 to protect China’s environment.

As its name suggests, Qianjiangyuan is the source of the Qiantang River, the “mother river” of Zhejiang Province. It still supports a large area of ​​native broadleaf evergreen vegetation typical of lowland mid-subtropical areas that is increasingly rare in other parts of the world.

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