The official signing ceremony acknowledging and outlining the
future construction of the Yangbajain National Park was held in
Lhasa on September 12. Henan Province will help Tibet
to build the geopark in Yangbajain, the
world's largest thermal resource producer. Henan has pledged an
investment of 20 million yuan.
The geological formations hold special scientific significance.
Their rare natural properties and appealing aesthetics combined
with other natural and human landscapes will all make the geopark a
stunning natural museum.
The future park lies on the Alps-Himalaya Global Geothermal
Belt, 90 km northwest of Lhasa. This region holds the world's most
abundant thermal resources. The rare geological formations make it
an ideal place to study plate tectonics and other aspects of the
The future geopark will be divided into four regions:
Yangbajain, Nyainqentanglha, Qusang and Reting Kloster. A total of
nine different well-designed districts will be built there, with
each highlighting a different field of interest: sightseeing,
scientific surveying, holiday recreation, camping and exploring,
geo-science, ecology and general science. In total the area will
cover approximately 2,500 square kilometers.
(China.org.cn by Zhang Ming'ai, September 15, 2007)