XINING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's plateau province of Qinghai last year reported the second highest temperature since records began in 1961.
The average temperature was 3.5 degrees Celsius in 2017, 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than normal, said the Qinghai Meteorological Service.
The average temperature between December 2016 and February 2017 was minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, the warmest winter since 1961, the agency said.
The year of 2016 was the warmest year since 1961 with 3.7 degrees Celsius in average temperature.
Editor: Xiang Bo
HOHHOT, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, known for its vast grasslands and cold weather, recorded its warmest year in 56 years in 2017.
The average temperature of the region last year was 6.5 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees higher than the historical average and the highest since 1961, according to local meteorological authority Thursday.
ZHANGJIAKOU, Hebei Province, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Walking under the shade of the trees, Wang Wenhua remembers the days when the barren mountains were swept by sandstorms.
"After we had the forest planted, gone were the sandstorm and flash floods," said the 59-year-old woman. "Villagers saw the improvement and their minds changed as well."
Wang lives in the Zhenzigou village of Guyuan county, Zhangjiakou in northern China's Hebei Province, believed to be a "protective screen" for the capital Beijing.