Geopark celebrates three decades' service

By Liu Sitong
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The Hailuogou national geopark kicked off a three-day event on Jan. 28 to celebrate its 30th anniversary of starting operation. 


The geopark has been gaining popularity among nature lovers, boasting rare low-altitude glacier landforms and primitive forests on the east slopes of Gongga Mountain, the highest in Sichuan, forming the southeastern part of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.


At the borders of Ya’an city and Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, the geopark comprises lofty snow-capped peaks, majestic glaciers, a rich variety of vegetations, and unique Tibetan-style dwellings at six scenic areas.


Despite its remote location, the park attracted 1.83 million visitors in 2017, up 25 percent.


And thanks to the opening of the Ya’an-Kangding expressway at the end of December, which cut travel time to Chengdu to three hours, the park has seen tourism growth since the beginning of the year.  


It is a great place to relax and wind down with clear air and unspoiled natural environment. In winter, the park looks like a fairyland, clad in white covered by ice and snow.

The Hailuogou national geopark. [Photo by Liu Guoxing, Huang Lunbin/]
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