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Traffic lights alleviate camel congestion at popular desert scenic spot

China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-20 09:07

Tourists, riding on camels, pass a camel traffic light at the Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring scenic area on Feb 14. ZHANG XIAOLIANG/FOR CHINA DAILY

Over the years, Zhao has accumulated valuable experience in sustaining and growing his business.

He bought two rare camels, one white and one with a mixed coat, after discovering that some visitors preferred to pose for camel-back selfies on animals with unusual fur.

And because he is concerned that the vivid colors of tourists' clothing might startle the camels, Zhao often hangs bright banners in the camel enclosures to acclimatize the animals to such hues.

"The safety of camels ensures the safety of tourists," he said.

His family earns 500,000 yuan a year from camel rides, but he spends more than 100,000 yuan a year caring for the animals.

In the summer months, he gives his camels nutritious feed and fresh fruit to help them cool down.

He also takes them to the vet for annual checkups.

"They are like family to me," Zhao said.


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