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China's Arbor Day
    2007-04-02 14:59:05     CRIENGLISH.com

Students from Meili Primary School plant trees at the Shenzhen Central Park on March 12, 2006 to mark Tree-planting Day. [Photo: Shenzhen Daily]

China celebrates Arbor Day, or Tree Planting Day, on March 12. The day commemorates the passing of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, China's democratic revolution forerunner, who died on March 12, 1925.

Over the past two decades, many people have participated in tree-planting since the country designated March 12 as Tree Planting Day in 1979. China launched its national voluntary tree-planting campaign in the early 1980s.

According to a 1981 NPC (National People's Congress, China's top legislature) resolution, all able-bodied Chinese citizens older than age 11 have an obligation to plant three to five trees every year.

For different types of climates and suitable times for tree-plantingmany provinces and cities in China have a local Arbor Day, Arbor Week and Arbor Month.

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