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China's Heilongjiang Province (13 images)

The Northern frontier province of Heilongjiang borders Russia and is home to one of China's vanishing ethnic minorities, the Hezhen.
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Tourists visit the National Wetlands Park of Fujin in Fujin, a frontier town in China's northern Heilongjiang Province on August 3, 2013. China is facing a serious shortage of water that it fears could derail its booming economic growth. Ponds and marshes are drying up as land is reclaimed for agriculture and industry, while reservoirs and dams disrupt the flow of rivers. With China's wetlands in trouble and under increasing threats, the government will establish 68 new pilot national wetland parks and step-up protection of the valuable natural resources. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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