China’s UNESCO-awarded natural wonder is now an animal sanctuary

Sign language interpreter at a conference here has failed to stop at just one hot topic, wandering off to inquire about an animal that Nara’s residents see as sacred.

Thanks to a number of tourists, in fact, the Nara’s deer population has surged. Legend has it that the region was formerly the domain of the “Lord of Deer,” a term applied to giant Asiatic black beasts known as 看體米 (“Shanzhai”) that once roamed the countryside. While the creatures are no longer thought to dwell in the shadow of Nara’s Mount Naoto, traffic traffic is pouring in like never before. The deer are now part of the menu for local eateries as well as a source of decorations for homes. The city once built a heritage center around the animals, but the department then became so overwhelmed that it closed.

The deer, but no one is taking the term “sustainability” seriously in Nara’s environmental consciousness. China’s planning officials recommended in the past that the horses and deer considered “eco-friendly” could use reusable steel pots for cooking rather than imported plastic bags, but the city ignored the advice. Once again, the deer had to be moved to a new location in Nara, where the residents of Nara have banded together to devise a solution to the car traffic chaos in their city.

The city, which needs to update its safety regulations, is going ahead with a plan to build “garden gardens” featuring ecological designs, such as fire pits and children’s trees. It plans to turn the new gardens into a public venue where locals can meet at various locations and learn about greening their city’s landscape. “They are like anything else and they need room to grow,” said Nara Chairman Da Jianxin.

Read the full story at China Daily.

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