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Visitor ban on Wuyi's reserve

CHINESE authorities have taken the rare step of banning tourists from a key protection area of Mount Wuyi to help preserve its environment.

Mount Wuyi, named a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in 1999, comprises a national nature reserve and a scenic area in Wuyishan City, Fujian Province.

The mountain attracts millions of tourists each year, and the nature reserve receives tens of thousands of visitors, according to the Wuyishan National Nature Reserve Administration.

"The growing number of tourists has brought us considerable profits, but it has also put great pressure on us to protect the environment," Zou Xinqiu, a senior administration official, told Xinhua.

The administration authorities stopped selling tickets to the reserve on Monday.

The ban does not apply to the Wuyishan scenic area, which lies on the outer part of Mount Wuyi, he said.


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