MLR Investigates Yandangshan Geopark

On May 12-13, a team led by Cui Ying, Director of the Geological Hazards Emergency Management Office, the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), accompanied by relevant principals from Provincial Department of Land and Resources of Zhejiang Province arrived at Yandangshan in the main area and Naxi River in the west area of Yandangshan Global Geopark for an investigation..
The team paid a field-visit to Lingfeng Peaks in the main area and Shiwei Rock in the west area of Yandangshan Global Geopark, understood geological conditions and listened to the advance of conservation and utilization, etc. of the Geopark in the Naxi River. With cretaceous volcanic geo-heritages of great scientific value as the theme, Yandangshan is a global geopark with beautiful and unique natural landscape and superior ecological environment. Also, they include sightseeing, scientific surveys and popularization, leisure vacation, ecological experience, cultural track, religious pilgrimage, fitness and adventure and other contents. As a novel tourist destination oriented to the domestic and foreign public, they can drive the economic development of apanage tourism.

During the investigation, Cui Ying said, to further deepen scientific connotations of the Naxi River in the west area, on the basis of highlighting geological features, we should also stress esthetics and science. At the same time, it was necessary to innovate our work, to let the geopark integrate and exchange with tourism, history, culture and other fields, display local characteristics and form an industrial chain of tourism. In this process, we should protect geoheritages, spread geological knowledge and promote the development of local economy and society. Meanwhile, she required the Naxi River in the west area to go all out to complete the 2017 Mid-term Evaluation work for Yandangshan Global Geopark well against relevant criteria.

By Lu Qinfei

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