40 Places to Visit Before They're Gone

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Jiuzhaigou

Sichuan Provence, China

One of our must-see forests, Juizhaigou's pristine lakes and wildlife—including pandas—are being threatened by the very people who flock to Tibet to see them. With over a million tourists a year flocking to them, the wear and tear on the environment is starting to become noticeable, and the developments that are appearing to accommodate the tourists have sparked even more concerns.

(image via chensiyuan, CC)

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