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Ritual held at Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
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Updated: 2017-04-21


A sacred ritual was held at the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ejin Horo Banner on April 17, gathering hundreds of Mongolian people to worship and pray for favorable weather and family prosperity.

Tributes offered by the Mongolian people included hada (pieces of silk cloth used as a greeting gift), mutton, and butter.

The ritual for Genghis Khan, celebrated on the 21st day of the third lunar month of the Chinese calendar, was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2006.



A Mongolian man offers milk in tribute during the ritual at the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ejin Horo Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region on April 17. [Photo/Xinhua]


A visitor kneels before a white horse to pray for happiness at the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ejin Horo Banner on April 17. [Photo/Xinhua]


A bird‘s-eye view of the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Ejin Horo Banner on April 17. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Desertification control along railway route
By Zhao Xiao (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2017-03-14


Workers fasten sand grids near the Linhe-Ceke railway on March 6. [Photo/Xinhua]

Hundreds of staffers from Hohhot Railway Station worked on controlling desertification along the Linhe-Ceke railway in sparsely-populated deserts.

Sand-control measures focus on engineering and biological projects including building sand grids, digging sand ditches, planting drought-tolerant eremophyte, and embedding branches as sand-preventing barriers.

Trains shuttle from Linhe in Bayannur to Ceke in Alxa League, traveling across the Ulanbuh Desert and Badain Jaran Desert.

Since it began running in 2009, the Linhe-Ceke railway has suffered a lot from being buried by sand several times.

To handle the shifting desert, Hohhot Railway Station employed hundreds of workers to use scientific methods to control the distribution of sand along the route.


Workers clean sand-covered railroad tracks on March 7. [Photo/Xinhua]



Sand-control grids along the railway help keep the desert in place. [Photo/Xinhua]


Workers check sand barriers built along the train route on March 7. [Photo/Xinhua]


A photo taken on March 6 shows a bird's-eye view of sand-prevention projects. [Photo/Xinhua]
 

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Thousands sent to fight new forest fire in Inner Mongolia
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Firefighters battle a blaze in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Tuesday.Zhang Shaolin / For China Daily


A second big fire broke out in China's largest forest in the Greater Hinggan Mountains on the same day a cross-border fire from Russia was extinguished.

The fire broke out at 12:15 pm on Tuesday in the Beidahe forest in the Inner Mongolia region. More than 8,300 firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze, according to regional fire authorities.

By press time, the fire had engulfed about 50 square kilometers of forest. The firefighters - 2,590 of whom are armed police officers - and 12 helicopters have been sent.

Strong winds, mountainous terrain, and dry vegetation made the firefighting "extremely difficult", according to an official statement from the fire authorities.

The blaze was thought to be caused by a stoker employed at a forestry station who improperly disposed of ashes and other residue from a fire. The suspect is in custody, the State Forest Fire Prevention Headquarters said.

Wang Haizhong, deputy director of the general office of the headquarters, warned that over the next 10 days China will face an increasing risk of forest fires due to an expected rise in temperatures across the nation.

Wang was quoted in a Xinhua interview as saying that China still lags behind developed countries in terms of investment in forest fire prevention.

In some poorly prepared western provinces, he said, the expenditure on fire prevention was less than 10 cents per hectare of forest, while in the United States and Canada it can reach $2 per hectare.

The temperature in Inner Mongolia this spring is higher than in previous years, posing a higher fire risk for the region's forests.

A cross-border fire broke out Sunday in another area. That fire was put out on Tuesday and cleanup is underway.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/05-04/255968.shtml
 

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Fire ritual held to ring in Spring Festival



A fire worshiping ceremony was held on Jan. 17 in Zhenglan Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, to celebrate the traditional Chinese Xiaonian Festival which starts the countdown to the Chinese New Year. The ritual is held to pray for good harvest and fortune for the next lunar year. (Photo by Guan Yongxin/China.org.cn)



A fire worshiping ceremony was held on Jan. 17 in Zhenglan Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, to celebrate the traditional Chinese Xiaonian Festival which starts the countdown to the Chinese New Year. The ritual is held to pray for good harvest and fortune for the next lunar year. (Photo by Guan Yongxin/China.org.cn)



A fire worshiping ceremony was held on Jan. 17 in Zhenglan Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, to celebrate the traditional Chinese Xiaonian Festival which starts the countdown to the Chinese New Year. The ritual is held to pray for good harvest and fortune for the next lunar year. (Photo by Guan Yongxin/China.org.cn)



A fire worshiping ceremony was held on Jan. 17 in Zhenglan Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, to celebrate the traditional Chinese Xiaonian Festival which starts the countdown to the Chinese New Year. The ritual is held to pray for good harvest and fortune for the next lunar year. (Photo by Guan Yongxin/China.org.cn)



A fire worshiping ceremony was held on Jan. 17 in Zhenglan Banner, Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, to celebrate the traditional Chinese Xiaonian Festival which starts the countdown to the Chinese New Year. The ritual is held to pray for good harvest and fortune for the next lunar year. (Photo by Guan Yongxin/China.org.cn)
 

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