On October 14 and 15, an international team of photographers came to Yancheng City following the plan of "Show Jiangsu", a reporting trip organized by the Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government. Yancheng, the last stop of the trip, is a pioneer of China’s ecological preservation, where hundreds of black-billed gulls glide over the crimson wetlands of Tiaozini, Dongtai in the Autumn sea breeze.
The Tiaozini Wetlands of Dongtai, Yancheng is located in the core part of China's Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf (Phase I), a World Natural Heritage, and was named for its general shape. The region has Asia’s largest wetland and rare radial sand ridges, with more than 50 sand islands larger than 1 square kilometerwhile tides are falling, and serves as an important reproduction site for northern birds.
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This field of Artemisia halodendron is the most important wetland of Tiaozini as well as the world’s largest field of this subshrubs species. According to Wang Weiguo, the deputy head of Dongtai Coastal Economic Zone Administration, Tiaozini Wetlands haveattracted a large amount of wildlife as a habitat and reproduction site with its ecological environment. The visitors include black-billed gulls, oriental storks, black swans, flamingos and dalmatian pelicans. Over 2000 black-billed gulls gather here at peak, which are a globally endangered species.
The reporting team were privileged to use super zoom telescopes installed by the embankments for the convenience of bird observation for tourists.
Yancheng is gifted to cultivate clean energy industries because of its possession of 61% of the Province’s coastline and 70% of the mudflats. In Dongtai region, a sustainable industrial base of fishing, wind power and solar energy was constructed to boost both development and preservation.
The base is China’s largest power plant that integrates wind power, solar power and fishing, as well as the world’s largest mudflat industrial base of wind and solar power. The operation model of the base maximizes the efficiency of coastal mudflat utilization, generating 2.3 billion kWh of electricity per year, which meets the local industrial need.
According to the staff of the power plant, Dongtai’s annual power consumption is approximately 4 to 5 billion kWh, 60% of which is provided by the integrated facility.
Hundreds of wind turbines work with sea winds atop solar photovoltaic panels, while nearly a thousand mu of fishponds lie beneath.
“I’ve been to many wetlands and seen some wind farms in France, but this is definitely something new to me,” said Nico, a French freelance photographer who has stayed in China for 6 years.
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To end the trip, the team arrived at Factory 3 of Dongfeng Yueda Kia (DYK) and Mobis, the world’s 7th largest provider of automobile parts. DYK’s Factory 3 was put into use in2014 with an annual manufacturing capacity of 450 thousand pieces, and is now Kia’s biggest modern factory in the world with fully automated production lines. The team witnessed the smart manufacturing technology at the eco-friendly facility.
After the trip, a number of works by the photographers during the whole event were published or cited by world renowned press giants including The Wall Street Journal, European Pressphoto Agency, AFP, Getty Images, RFI and Agencia Lusa.