Longbaoshan, China - Peoples Republic of
CHINESE FARMER HOLDS A FISTFUL OF SAND FROM HIS FIELD IN LONGBAOSHAN.
FOR RELEASE WITH BC-ENVIRONMENT-CHINA - Chinese farmer Feng Yongcun, 74, holds a fistful of sand from his field at Longbaoshan. When he was a young man, the 10-km (6.2-mile) long advance column of the Gobi Desert looming over his arid corn field, was only a curiosity six km (3.7 miles) from his hardscrabble village north of Beijing. Premier Zhu Rongji came to this parched frontline in China's fight against desertification last month after spring sandstorms from the "Flying Desert" darkened the skies of Beijing an unprecedented 12 times. Picture taken 19JUN00.