A total of 837 villages in North China’s Hebei province have been identified as ecological villages, according to data from Hebei Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau.
There are three standards for ecological villages in Hebei province. First, the village layout should be reasonable, and any plan that will be harmful to the natural environment will not be allowed.
Second, the village must be landscaped in such a way as to maximize environmental benefits. Hebei government has planted trees along the main streets of these villages in the province. Meanwhile, it has also established a system for protecting old trees and vegetation.
The third standard involves how the village is powered. The government has encouraged local residents to use green energy resources such as solar energy and marsh gas.
Hebei province established a goal for building ecological villages based on the overall plan of the national ecological village building project.
By 2020, more than 60 percent of administrative villages in the province will have met the standards to qualify as ecological villages.
Shanligezhuang village in Zunhua city, Hebei province. [Photo/hebnews.cn]
Nanhan village in Xingtai, Hebei province. [Photo/hebnews.cn]