A park featuring desert geology in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has attract
thousands of tourists and researchers during the weeklong National
The park, covering an area of 938 square kilometers in Alashan
League, opened to the public on Sept. 19 and its construction
started two years ago.
The park featuring desert
geology in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region attracts thousands of
tourists during the weeklong National Day holiday, Oct. 3,
As China's only park displaying geological characteristics of
desert, Gobi and grassland as well as traditional custom of
Mongolian ethnic group, the Alashan Desert National Geological Park
has so far attracted 650,000 visitors with a revenue of 270 million
yuan (about US$36 million).
Wang Hongwei, a tourist from northwest China's Gansu Province,
said the park is a tremendous museum to demonstrate vivid
geological evolvement of desert.
"While taking a relax tour here, we gained scientific knowledge
about desert and environment protection as well as information on
ancient fossils, rock paintings and religious culture," he
China has a total of 138 national parks focusing a diversity of
geological landscapes and regional cultures.
(Xinhua News Agency October 4, 2007)