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Mountain forests in China, Northwest of Beijing
The vast territory of the People’s Republic of China is home to over 2800 tree species, a plethora of plant species, and numerous animals including the threatened giant panda, golden monkey, snow leopard and crested ibis. China is heavily dependent on its forest resources and it is estimated that 40 percent of fuel used in rural household is forest wood. After China banned all commercial logging in 17 provinces in 1998, the country has become increasingly dependent on importing timber from other countries which in turn has accelerated the pressure on South-east Asian and Siberian forests.