The wrath of the yellow dragon

Longbaoshan, a small village of 900 inhabitants, 75 kilometers northwest of Beijing, lives to the rhythm of the sandy winds that sweep its people away. Already, 200 inhabitants have left for Beijing in search of work. China is one of the countries most affected by desertification. A quarter of its territory is affected, and the desert is now gaining more than 2,500 kilometers2 every year. From March onwards, gigantic storms blow in from the Gobi Desert, forcing herders to leave their flocks and farmers to abandon the crumbly soil. Although the wrath of the “yellow dragon” is ancient, its frequency and violence have increased considerably with global warming.


Eléonore Henry de Frahan, photographer
Aude Raux, editor