It is worshipped by Hindus as the goddess Ganga, and many make long pilgrimages to bathe in its waters – a ritual believed to wash away sin.The river, which is threatened by pollution and poor management, provides drinking water for hundreds of millions of people.The area is important to the philosophies of the indigenous Dai people and Buddhists, who believe that together humanity and nature form a unified whole.Each year the Dai people hold a Water Splashing Festival on the banks of the Lancang-Mekong river, in addition to other celebrations of the natural world.The 6639-metre peak of Kailash holds spiritual significance for Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.As well as being the source of several rivers, Mount Kailash is the trans-boundary habitat for the snow leopard, an endangered species estimated to have a global population of just 2500 breeding individuals.The forested areas of Xishuangbanna face depletion with the rise of rubber plantations, and its wildlife is increasingly threatened by trafficking.
(Image: West End61/Rex Features) The Xishuangbanna prefecture represents just 0.02 per cent of China's land area, yet it is home to more than 2 per cent of its animal species.
For a long time I wanted to communicate with people in general in a non-chat format.
It was only when I was on vacation with limited access and resorted to exchanging long emails with a friend who was similarly inclined that I realized that what I wanted was penpals.
(Image: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty) A sacred site for the Huichol tribes of the western Sierra Madre, Wirikuta is located in the Chihuahuan desert, one of the world's most biologically rich and diverse deserts.
Wirikuta is an ecological and cultural reserve, but is currently threatened by population growth, poor water management and agricultural expansion.
45 years ago I had them but I had forgotten about the whole things.