HOHHOT－The vast grassland in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has turned green. On a pasture, herdsman Hungerbator has just finished refurbishing and cleaning up a dozen yurts to prepare for the upcoming peak tourist season. Yurts are round tents and are traditional Mongolian dwellings.
Together with his family, Hungerbator runs an ecological pasture with an area of about 900 hectares in Jarud Banner in Inner Mongolia.
Along with cattle and sheep breeding, tourism is growing in the meadows. Entertainment activities unique to nomadic groups like horse riding and archery attract tourists. They can also experience feeding and milking cows, and brewing milk tea together with the herders.
However, this fertile and vibrant land was once very different. Back in 2014, desertification expanded as a result of inadequate rainfall and overgrazing.
“Sand covered many places, and no grass or trees grew,” Hungerbator recalls.
In response, the local…