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Xinjiang county listed as 'natural oxygen bar'
2018-08-07 source:Ecns.cn
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Tekes County in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is in the shape of bagua (the eight trigrams). (Photo provided to China News Service)

Tekes County in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been included in China’s natural oxygen bar list, said the local government.

The recognition system, organized by China Meteorological Service Association, evaluates a region’s climate and ecological environment and also advocates green life concepts and eco-tourism.

According to the criterion, a winner must enjoy three months of a climate suitable for human settlement, an annual average concentration of at least 1000 negative ions per cubic centimeters, and an annual average AQI index of no more than 100. It also has complete tourism facilities and services management.

Designed in the shape of bagua (the eight trigrams), the historic and cultural county boasts Kelajun Prairies and Tekes River, an important tributary of Ili River.

Zhang Xiaoling, an official of China Meteorological Administration, said the county is very suitable for living and health, integrating Chinese culture with beautiful scenery.

China has 38 counties and tourist attractions included in the natural oxygen bar list.