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Blooming Peaks
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  • White caragana jubata flowers dot a meadow on Lingshan Mountain on June 9
  • A close-up of the cypripedium guttatum, which is under top-level state protection, on Baihua Mountain on June 14
  • The aquilegia yabeana in full blossom on Baihua Mountain on May 31
  • Cypripedium macranthum flowers on Baihua Mountain on June 14
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Mountains surrounding Beijing have witnessed a green facelift in recent years. Lingshan Mountain, the highest peak lying in the west of the city, welcomed a thriving spring this year, with caragana jubata and anemone cathayensis in full blossom on the meadow. Twenty km away from Lingshan Mountain, cypripedium macranthum bloomed on Baihua Mountain, the third highest peak in the capital.

Beijing residents can enjoy such beautiful flowers again thanks to continuous revegetation efforts. Years before, these mountains served as resorts for Beijing residents to get away from the urban hustle and bustle. But an ever-growing number of tourists overwhelmed the sites and caused damage to the environment. To rehabilitate the mountains, some of the scenic spots were temporarily shut down, and scientists started to protect and plant artificially some endangered species, such as the cypripedium macranthum.

Today, biodiversity has been restored in the mountains, and the blossoms of various wild flowers are captivating sights.

(Text and photos by Wei Yao)

Copyedited by Madhusudan Chaubey

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