Two more national wetland parks in Sichuan
2023-02-01 by Sichuan International Communication Center
Good news! There are two more national wetland parks in Sichuan!
Recently, Baiyu Lalongcuo National Wetland Park and Luhuo Xianshuihe National Wetland Park have passed the pilot acceptance of National Forestry and Grassland Administration. At present, there are 29 national (including pilot) and 26 provincial wetland parks in Sichuan Province.
Baiyu Lalongcuo National Wetland Park is located in the eastern part of Baiyu County, Ganzi Prefecture, in an important catchment area of Jinsha River, the source of the Yangtze River. The total area of the wetland park is 29,398.71 hectares, of which 13,010.18 hectares are wetlands, with a wetland rate of 43.54%.
There are many wetland types in this area, covering almost all typical wetland types in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau area of China, which is a microcosm and sample of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau alpine wetland types unique to China. The park also preserves the remains of ancient glaciers and a large area of modern glaciers. And it is one of the few wetland parks with geothermal wetland resources in China.
The wetland park is also rich in biodiversity, with endemic Chinese plants such as Chinese fescue, alpine isoetes, alpine cotoneaster, sabina convallium and sabina tibetica, and inhabited by first class national protected animals such as black-necked crane, alpine horse musk and white-lipped deer.
Luhuo Xianshuihe National Wetland Park is located in the Xialatuo area of Luhuo County with a total area of 1,121.58 hectares. There are alpine wetland ecosystem, forest ecosystem, scrub ecosystem, grassland ecosystem and other ecosystem types distributed in the wetland park, which are relatively primitive and diversified, and are rich areas of biodiversity on the southeast edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau as well. In the park, wetland birds are rich in species, such asblack storks, mallards and ruddy shelducks.
The park has a large area of wetlands, shrubs, woods and meadows, with a tranquil environment and beautiful scenery. Besides, it is also the habitat of many rare species and has rich natural hot spring resources.
Every October, a large number of black storks migrate and rest in the Xianshuihe Wetland Park, which has become the most popular hitting spot for migratory birds staying for about 10 to 20 days a year. They come here one after another to survive the winter, also attract many photographers to watch and shoot here.