A Letter to Student
06/12/2019

A Letter to Students

Dear friends:

Welcome to Tianzhushan World Geopark. You must have heard of the park. This is a special letter which will surprise you on opening it. When you finish reading, I’m sure you’ll see there’s so much more to Tianzhushan than you realised. The Tianzhushan World Geopark is located at a latitude of 30 °North where many mysterious geological events have occurred. Here, you can enjoy magnificent granite landforms,  of which the caves shaped by rocks breaking down and piling up are the most famous. Exploring them, you can picture the scene of the raging magma intruding the earth’s crust along the cracks 100 million years ago. Also , you can imagine the process of the underground granite rising to the earth’s surface. And you can appreciate nature’s magnificent artwork

There is also the famous Dabieshan ultra-high pressure metamorphic belt. The rocks were buried hundreds of kilometers underground and they recorded the mystery of the earth’s evolution over hundreds of millions of years, which you can now discover.

Tianzhushan is also known as “ A treasure trove of Paleovertebrate fossils” and “ one of the birthplaces of Asian mammals”. A number of vertebrate, reptile and mammal fossils have been found here. Do you know who the ancestors of mice and rabbits are? You can find the answer here.

Tianzhushan is not only rich in magnificent natural landscapes but also in history and culture.

It is the birthplace of Huangmei Opera, The Tale of Seven Fairies, and Beijing Opera. It is where the longest narrative poem Peacocks Flying Southeast and the story of the Qiao Sisters took place. Literati such as Li Bai, Bai Juyi, Su Shi, Wang Anshi, and Huang Tingjian lingered in the beauty of Tianzhushan, and they left over 400 stone inscriptions here, renowned across the province. 

Notable figures such the master of Beijing Opera, Cheng Changgeng, the novelist Zhang Henshui, the queen of acrobatics, Xia Juhua, and Huangmei Opera’s contemporary artist, Han Zaifen all come from here.   

In addition, Doumu pottery can take you back 6000 years. You can appreciate the complexity and rigour of the crafting process and also make some pottery yourself to experience it first hand. Art imitates life and here it even supplants it

I bet you can’t wait to travel around Tianzhushan after finishing this letter. We have also prepared a surprise for you here!

                                             

         10 June 2019

Attachment: Special Summer Offer for Students

Colleagues:

In order to promote tourism development in Tianzhushan, a Tianzhushan Summer Event will be carried out according the 2019 Summer Promotion Plan.

From 10 June to 31 August, students (postgraduate students included) will get free basic entrance. People under 18 can enjoy free basic entrance upon showing their family book. Students over the age of 18 can enjoy free basic entrance upon presentation of a student card.

             Anhui Tianzhushan Tourism Development Ltd.

5 June 2019

2019 Academic Annual Meeting of Paleontology Society of Anhui Province Is Held in Tianzhushan Geopark
Pubdate:11/4/2019 MondayCategory:Geopark News

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2019 academic annual meeting of paleontology society of Anhui Province was held in Tianzhushan Geopark. With the theme of “the new progress of research and protection of paleontological fossils and geoheritage in the new era”, the annual meeting summarized and made exchanges on the achievements and experience of the paleontology research and protection, research and protection of geological environment and geoheritage, the development and management of geoparks and geoscientific education made by four provinces (Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan and Hubei) in recent years,  to further promote the disciplinary research, development, construction and achievement transformation, and to better serve the economic and social development. More than 120 representatives and experts from universities, research institutes, natural resources systems, geoparks, geomuseums from Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei and Anhui provinces attended the meeting.

Hosted by Paleontology Society of Anhui Province, Paleontology Society of Jiangsu Province, Paleontology Society of Henan Province, Paleontology Society of Hubei Province and the special science popularization committee of China paleontology and fossil conservation foundation, the meeting was undertook by Anhui Geomuseum, Tianzhushan Geopark Administrative Committee and the natural resources and planning bureau of Qianshan City. China paleontology society, Anhui provincial association of science and technology, natural resource department of Anhui Province and Qianshan municipal government attached great importance to the meeting and gave strong support. Mr. Tu Gaosheng, general deputy director of Tianzhushan Geopark Administrative Committee, gave a welcoming speech. Mr. Cai Huawei, secretary general of China Paleontology Society, Mr. Li Xianbin, second-level inspector of Anhui Association of Science and Technology, and Mr. Chen Limin, director of natural resources department of Anhui Province attended the meeting and gave speeches.

The meeting totally received 25 papers or abstract, covering paleontology, geo-environment, geoheritage protection, the management and development of geoparks, science popularization and development of geomuseums, etc. 18 experts, scholars and representatives delivered reports and exchanges at the meeting, sharing their research achievements and work experience in recent years from different aspects, such as paleontology and fossil research, fossil conservation, geoparks construction and geoscience popularization. Mr. Wang Yuanqing, researcher of institute of vertebrate paleontology and paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, gave an academic speech titled “Paleocene strata and vertebrate fossils in Qianshan Basin and their comparison”. In addition, representatives also made a field visit to the granite landform of Tianzhushan, Tianzhushan Geopark Museum and two fossil sites.

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