Son of lumberjack turns a millionaire

Updated: 2018-10-08

  NANCHANG - Wan Liyun, son of a lumberjack in East China's Jiangxi province, has found a way to earn money by cultivating trees rather than felling them.

  He planted Taxus chinensis, commonly known as Chinese yew, a "living fossil" in the plant world that has existed for more than 2.5 million years. The tree is rich in taxol, a chemical substance that can be used to fight cancer but the species is now bordering on extinction.

  Tucked away in the mountains, Changshui village, Wan's hometown, is an ideal habitat for the tree. The village is surrounded by forest, with 90 percent of the village covered in trees.

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