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

Tianzhushan Geopark Is Awarded A Green Card for the Revalidation of UNESCO Global Geopark
Pubdate:1/15/2020 WednesdayCategory:Geopark News

Recently, the report of the 4th session of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council was circulated. In September 2019, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council met in Lombok, Indonesia, to review the new applications, applications for area extension as well as revalidations of existing UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Following the review of the Tianzhushan (China) revalidation report, the UGGpC decided to award a GREEN card with the following recommendations:

1.  Develop links between geological and the other territorial heritages (i.e. natural biotic, culture, intangible) through interpretation, education and tours. Train local guides, tourism operators and local people etc. about the links between geology and ecology to enable knowledge sharing with visitors.

2.  Consider improving the UGGp geological information and explanation inside the education corridors by simplifying interpretations.

3.  Develop a partnership strategy which includes clear methodology and criteria on becoming a partner, outlining the associated agreements with the Geopark. This is applicable to accommodation, catering, transport providers, activity providers and producers of local products, but is not restricted to those identified. Consider providing these partners and local producers with greater visibility exploiting the geopark logo and brand as well as specific promotional material.

4.  Consider providing visitors with interesting information related to the protection of old trees (Tianzushan Mountain). Explore the possibility of using new technologies to limit panel size.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are revalidated every four years, focusing on the management, infrastructure construction, geoheritage protection, scientific research, science education, community development and so on. Such kind of dynamic revalidation is conducive to the sustainable development of UGGps.

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