In Depth: Scenic Yunnan Battles to Protect Its Lakes
On a sunny November day, Zhang Mei sat at a terrace on Changyao Mountain in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province in Southwest China.
At the foot of the mountain lies a protected segment of Dianchi Lake, where newly planted pine trees are still too small to cast shadows on the yellow-brown soil.
Just over six months ago, this area was packed with expensive villas. Not any more, as the buildings, deemed illegally constructed, have been demolished and replaced by plants.
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