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The Conferring Ceremony for Haikou District of China Leiqiong Global Geopark Held.
2011-09-05

  On December 10, 2006, the Plaque-Conferring Ceremony for Haikou Park of China Leiqiong Global Geopark - P.R.China, was held in Haikou. Wang Bingchen, Counselor of the State Council and judge of National Geopark, Jiang Jianjun, Director of Geological Environment Department of the Ministry of National Land and Resources, representative of Haikou Municipal Government and Zhanjiang Municipal Government and experts and scholars from home and abroad attended the Award Ceremony.

  It is reported that Leiqiong Global Geopark was jointly declared by Haikou Shishan Volcanic Cluster National Geopark and Zhanjiang Lake Huguangyan National Geopark. On September 18, 2006, Leiqiong Global Geopark was listed as Global Geological Park in the 2nd Global Geopark Conference by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization on Northern Ireland. Haikou Scenic District of China Leiqiong Global Geopark - Haikou Shishan Volcanic Cluster National Geopark is located 15 km southwest of Haikou City, within Shishan Town and Yongxing Town, one of the rare dormant volcano clusters with a history of ten thousand years in China. There are 40 volcanoes of different types and more than 30 lava caves with volcano cluster area about 108 sq. km. in the Geopark. Furthermore, the Geopark contains excellent quality mineral water and hot water for rehabilitation, with tropical primeval forest reputed as the “green lung” of Haikou City , ancient distinctive basalt stoneware and ancient civilian housing. According to presentations, Haikou Shishan Volcano Cluster became an important geological relic site in the nation with its typicality, diversity, graceful shape and rarity of the mineral water, and the completeness of the volcano ecology.

  On the Award Ceremony, experts and scholars expressed their opinion on the establishment of Haikou District of Leiqiong Global Geopark. According to their point of view, Haikou District of Leiqiong Global Geopark is not only faced with opportunities and but also challenges. Volcano landscape is an important tourism resource. There are thousand of tourism scenic spots constituted by volcano landscape in the whole world. There are 138 geoprarks in China, of which, volcano geopark accounts for 15. Among them, Heilongjiang Wudalianchi and Zhejiang Yandangshan are already enrolled in the list of globla geoparks which focus on the establishment of travel lines with high quality. Haikou Crater has the nature resources conditions to become a global crater geopark. Therefore, the development and utilization of Baiziling Volcano, lava tunnels, ancient villages should be promoted rapidly in order to cultivate ecological scenic spot. Outdoor and indoor exhibition sightseeing area with museum as main should be built up to present global crater and its culture. Large-scale outdoor performance plaza, crater simulated eruption demonstration area, crater culture and sightseeing area for presentation of local culture should be established. Haikou Crater should be developed into a model between 3 to 5 years for the nation and even the world crater geopark.

  Xu Tangxian, Deputy Mayor of Haikou Government Standing Committee, stated that Haikou Shishan Volcano Cluster Geopark is the main component of Leiqiong Global Geopark - P.R.China. Therefore, “Two committees” will be organized by the government, which are park experts committee and management committee. “Two regulations”are implemented with focus on the planning and revision of the park planning.“Two combinations’is taken to combine development and protection and concerning plans and operations should be done by professional company. “Cooperation of three areas”is carried out, which is Zhanjiang, Leizhou and Haikou jointly cooperate to protect this world brand. “Four good” should be achieved, which is that Haikou Shishan Volcano Cluster Geopark shall be well protected, managed, established and propagandized.

  On the Award Ceremony, there are four units including the Land and Resources Bureau of Haikou City, Geological Environment & Mineral Resources Administration Office of Land and Resources Department of Hainan Province, Application Office for global geopark of Haikou City, Hainan Yewan Group Co., Ltd., and twelve persons including Tao Kuiyuan, Chen Yaojing, Yu Zhu and so on, that are highly praised for contribution to the successful application of the Leiqiong Global Geopark.


Picture 1: Jiang Jianjun (right side), Director of Geological
Environment Department of the Ministry of National Land and
Resources of State Council, represented the United Nations
Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization to award plaque
for Haikou Park of Leiqiong Global Geopark, and Xu Tangxian,
Deputy Mayor of Haikou Government Standing Committee,
accepted the plaque on behalf of the local government.


Picture 2: Panorama of Haikou Volcano National Geopark
--- Haikou Park of Leiqiong Global Geopark - P.R.China

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