China : The wrath of the yellow dragon

Photography : Eléonore HENRY DE FRAHAN     Texts : Aude RAUX    

China is one of the countries where desertification has had the greatest impact. One-quarter of its area is already affected, and the desert is expanding by over 2,500 square kilometres per year. Longbaoshan is located in Hebei Province, just 38 kilometres northwest of the Beijing suburbs. It’s a village of sand.

China is one of the countries where desertification has had the greatest impact. One-quarter of its area is already affected, and the desert is expanding by over 2,500 square kilometres per year. Longbaoshan is located in Hebei Province, just 38 kilometres northwest of the Beijing suburbs. It’s a village of sand. Only 700 people now remain in the redbrick houses built around square and walled courtyards to be protected from the wrath of the “yellow dragon”, as sandstorms are known in China. Over the past few years, 200 people have already moved to the capital. “Nothing grows here because of the drought. We depend on the sky, but it rains nothing but sand.” Dehai Li.