Translated by CDT from Qinghai News Online:
It’s no surprise to see tourism crawling all the way up the Qinghai Plateau. And it’s no wonder either more and more visitors the plateau are driving their own cars to get there. Yet, at the same time, the plateau has seen a boom in environmentalism.
“We came to travel, not to damage [stuff]. If we don’t pay attention to the environment protection, then others won’t be able to enjoy this beautiful scenery here,” Mr. He said while driving over to Golmud (Ê†ºÂ∞îÊú®) as a tourist, hauling a big sack prepared especially to collect his self-generated trash along the way.
He is not alone. This reporter met with quite a number of tourists who not only packed tents and clothing, but also a garbage bag. One said that, before departure, his group planned everything carefully with the environment in mind, from tents to lunch boxes and chopsticks. Some chose to ride bikes in a bid for “zero emissions” travel. [Full Text in Chinese]