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Inauguration of Leiqiong Global Geopark of China ( Huguangyan Scenic Spot)
Source:Leiqiong Global Geopark of China Time:2008-02-04 18:00:50


On September 28th, the Inauguration ceremony of Leiqiong Global Geopark of Chiina ( Huguangyan Scenic Spot) was held in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Professor ZHAO Xun, expert from UNESCO and judge of global geopark, Mr. LIU Jiaqi, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHEN Xiaoning, director of Geological Environment Department of Ministry of Land and Resources, Mr. ZHENG Tongyang, director of Guangdong Tourism Administration, Mr. YANG Linan, chief engineer in Department of Land and Resources of Guangdong Province, representatives from Shenzhen Jingji Group, officers from people's government of Haikou city, Department of Land and Resources of Hainan Province, and people's government of Zhanjiang city and about 1000 Zhanjiang citizen and tourists were present in the ceremony.

Mr. CHEN Xiaoning and Mr. CHEN Yaoguang, mayor of people’s government of Zhanjiang city made speeches in the ceremony. In the meanwhile, Global Maar Lake Forum was held in Zhanjiang, with experts and scholars from all over the world present, in which governments of Zhanjiang and Haikou signed an agreement named Memos on conservation and development of Leiqiong Global Geopark of China. Therefore, the Leiqiong Geopark has become an mutually beneficial outcome incorporated in tourism, economy and culture in the framework of Pan-PRD regional cooperation.

The city of Zhanjiang is located in quaternary volcano-prone zone with a huge number of volcanic geological relics, which is very typical. Among those volcanoes, Huguangyan Scenic Spot is a famous Maar Lake with the biggest size, most typical category and most complete conservation, whose magical and amazing geological landscape makes it a natural yearbook and museum of earth evolution a hundreds of thousand years ago.

People’s government of Zhanjiang places great emphasis on the development and preservation of volcanic geological relics, and launched the application of Huguangyan for Global Geopark in 2003, which was finalized by Mr. XU Shaohua, municipal party secretary. And then, the whole citizen made collective efforts to get down to the application mission with a single purpose. The application for the global geopark is supported the provincial government of Guangdong that established the application team for global geopark in the next moment, led by Mr. XU Deli, then deputy provincial governor of Guangdong.

Integrating Zhanjiang Huguangyan Scenic Spot and Shishan volcanoes Scenic Park as a whole, Guangdong Province and Hainan Province made a joint application for the geopark in the name of Leiqiong Global Geopark of China. In the process of application, China collaborated with other countries such as German in promoting the preservation of volcanic geological relics and environmental resources, contributing to the fulfillment of sacred responsibility granted by UNESCO. In September, 2006, Leiqiong Global Geopark succeeded in the application, presenting itself as a new member of Global Geopark network.

Huguangyan Scenic Spot is a national 4A level scenic spot and one of the only two geoparks (the other is Mount Danxia) in Guangdong Province. By the end of September 2007, 18 geoparks including Huguangyan are standing in China, together with other 35 geoparks around the world. Contemporarily, Zhanjiang is dedicated to building up Huguangyan Scenic Spot as a combination of prestigious geological research base and popular science education and endeavoring to make out the Overall Developing Glanning of Huguangyan Scenic Spot, creating an extensive Huguangyan-centered tourism area with inclusions of botanical garden, Golden Deer Park, Pingling Farm, Forest Park and scenic area around it. In addition, Zhanjiang will endeavor to perfect supporting service facilities, enrich the programs in scenic spot, strengthen its cultural background and diversify each location with their own features, forging cultural tourism brand of world-class volcano with distinctive character.

Huguangyan Scenic Spot of Leiqiong Global Geopark was inaugurated successfully, unveiling the mysterious nature for the tourists around the world, opening up a new era of harmonious coexistence between human and nature, bridging the friendly communication and cooperation between Zhanjiang and Haikou, Guangdong and Hainan as well as China and the oversea.