The Northern frontier province of Heilongjiang borders Russia and is home to one of China's vanishing ethnic minorities, the Hezhen.
A Chinese Navy gunboat keeps watch over the waters of the Songhua River, which serves as a natural border between China and Russia (background), in Fuyuan, a frontier town in China's northern Heilongjiang Province on August 4, 2013. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A buyer looks at several varieties of mushrooms being organically grown on a farm in Fujin, a frontier town in China's northern Heilongjiang Province on August 3, 2013. Organic food products are finding a welcome home among the country's urban dwellers as national food scare after food scare continue to plague the country. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Journalists look at a farm-raised sturgeon to be sold at a local market in Fuyuan, a frontier town in China's northern Heilongjiang Province on August 4, 2013. Wild sturgeons, prized for their fish eggs in making caviar, are protected by law due to decades of overfishing. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Northern China ethnic minority goat herders take their animals to the Songhua River and its wetlands, which serves as a natural border between China and Russia (background), in Fuyuan, a frontier town in China's northern Heilongjiang Province on August 4, 2013. China's ethnic minorities and their cultures are vanishing as development and urbanization pressures compete with their ability to sustain their traditional ways of life. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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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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