It seems those 2 islands will be connected very soonThe progress at North Island in the Paracels.
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North Island in Dec 2014. Nothing much to see.
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North Island in Dec 2015. There is now a path or road around the island and ringed with newly planted trees.
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Close up view of the newly planted trees around the island. They are planted in orderly and neat rows.
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09-Jan-2016. Reclamation started on the south eastern tip of the island.
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07-Feb-2016. Lots of progress in just one month. China just doesn't muck around.