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Greater Hinggan Mountains Series Ep.1: Red willows along the icy river



Like many shutterbugs in Heilongjiang Province, Guo Qingxi, who lives in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, spends his leisure time packing equipment and rushing to the Duobukuer River to capture "winter-limited" scenery – "red willows along the icy river." The indigo water and scarlet branches stand in stark contrast, offering a visual feast amid the biting cold. These flamboyant trees are Chosenia arbutifolia, whose branches turn red and are adorned with fluffy balls in early spring. That's why the locals call it "red hair willow."

About 'Journeys in Nature: Greater Hinggan Mountains Series'

Greater Hinggan Mountains in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province is the northernmost and highest latitude area in China. It is known for its dense forest in summer and magnificent snow scenery in winter. Biodiversity remains high in the mountains. Here, you can find, such as snowy owl, corsac fox and moose. Stay tuned!

(Cover image a video screenshot; video by the CGTN Nature film crew.)

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