Golden poplars ablaze in autumn in NW China

As the autumn breath turns stronger in the air, desert poplar leaves in Mogao Town, Dunhuang City of northwest China's Gansu Province gradually turn to different shades of gold, yellow and orange, providing a visual feast for tourists wandering in the forest.

Desert poplar is also known as the Euphrates poplar. Famous for its hardiness to drought and heat, it is named the "king of the desert" in Chinese culture. The desert poplar's vitality enables it to live 100-500 years, making it an efficient helper to fight against desertification.

(All images via CFP.)

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