Savoring Yundang Lake's mangrove trees
Adam: I read recently that the mangroves in Yundang Lake really make an environmental and recreational difference.
Li Mei: You're right, they've made a huge difference since 1999, when the mangrove ecosystem of this inland lake was restored.
Adam: Restored? Seems there is a story behind the tree.
Li Mei: The lake was originally a harbor and one of the city's main fishing ports. In the 1970s, it was transformed into an inland lake alongside a land reclamation project.
Adam: That must have been a huge change for the area's ecosystem.
Li Mei: You're right, mangroves are best suited for brackish water so they were deeply affected and their acreage decreased abruptly. As a result, fish and birds left the area.
Adam: What a pity. Mangroves can also defend against typhoons by stabilizing the coastline.
Li Mei: You're right. All of those reasons are why the restoration project began in 1999.
Adam: The flourishing mangroves today must have really boosted the lake's biodiversity because I often see egrets flying over the trees and fish swimming in the water.
Li Mei: The restoration has been a boon. Mangrove coverage around the lake now tops 30,000 square meters and is still expanding. Four local bird spotters recently counted nearly 700 birds from 35 different species within half an hour.
Adam: Those are some inspiring numbers.
Li Mei: Especially for residents who live near the lake, which is a great place to explore by boat or for jogging or walking along the lakeside's zigzag paths.
By Shaowen Sun