Nanshan grasslands horse show, Zinjiang Kazak, 1983. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Grasslands, which constitute 41 percent of China’s territory, exist in desert, semi-arid, and moist forest ecological zones of the country. The Chinese government has taken action since the mid-1980s to preserve and protect this important environmental and economic resource.
Although China is perhaps best known in the West for its rice-growing eastern landscapes, China ranks second among the countries of the world (behind Australia) in