Men of the People: One man battles to tame China's 4th largest desert

"Had we not done our work, this road would've been buried by sand in just one night," said Tang Ximing as we zipped through a gorgeous desert route on a bright red Jeep Wrangler, golden dunes heaving on each side.

This is the Tengger Desert, China's fourth-largest, spanning 36,700 square kilometers across Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Gansu Province, and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Off the trail, Tang shows us the magic – good old wheat straw, which local farmers used to burn as farm waste, shoved into the sand in 1-by-1-meter squares, forming cubicles that stabilize the sand.

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