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Seven cities jointly applying for the world cultural heritage

Sponsored by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Ningbo Municipal Government, co-organized by Zhejiang Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, and hosted by the Historical Study Institute, Ningbo Culture, Radio and TV Bureau, Ningbo Museum (also as the Research Center of Chinese Marine Silk Road), the international forum of "Marine Silk Road and the process of world civilization" was held in Ningbo on December 10. The forum was attended by Hang Haotao, Secretary General of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Julien Glana, cultural Commissioner of UNESCO Office in Beijing, Guan Qiang, Director of the World Cultural Heritage Department of Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Bao Xianlun, Deputy-director of Zhejiang Cultural Department and Director of Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, Cheng Yuechong, Vice-mayor of Ningbo, Xie Xiangyang, Vice-mayor of Beihai, Gu Shiyang, Vice-secretary General of Guangzhou Municipal Government, Zhao Jing, Vice-mayor of Zhangzhou, Yang Rong, Vice-secretary General of Yangzhou Municipal Government, Sun Yebao, Mayor of Penglai, as well as over 40 exports on the study of Marine Silk Road from home and abroad.

UNESCO has paid special attention to the application of Marine Silk Road for world cultural heritage. The State Administration of Cultural Heritage, actively involved in the negotiation with Mid-Asian countries for the application of the Land Silk Road for world cultural heritage, has also been making great efforts to promote the application of the Marine Silk Road. In 2009, a meeting was held in Yangzhou by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, when Penglai, Yangzhou, Ningbo, Quanzhou and Guangzhou were included in the project of the Marine Silk Road application. This year, the Research Center of Chinese Marine Silk Road was jointly set up in Ningbo Museum by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Ningbo Municipal Government. Beihai, Guangzhou, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou, Ningbo, Yangzhou and Penglai established the joint conference mechanism for the research, protection, exploration and joint application of the Marine Silk Road for the world cultural heritage.

In the forum, officials from the seven cities made speeches focusing on such issues as the cultural heritage protection, application of world cultural heritage and scientific urban development. Experts and scholars had a in-depth discussion on the theme of "Marine Silk Road and the process of world civilization".

Related officials of the seven cities held a second round-table meeting and signed the program of action (named "new chances, new challenges and new leap forward")for the joint application of the Marine Silk Road being titled world cultural heritage

2011 Ningbo Tourist Festival drew its curtain

In the past decade, what fancy ideas have sparked the heat of tourism in China and attracted tourists' attention? The answer was revealed on the evening of November 21. The closing ceremony of 2011 Ningbo Tourist Festival as well as the awarding ceremony for the most influential tourist marketing events selection (2010 – 2011) was held in Ningbo Grand Opera House. Ten marketing cases, such as China Tourist Day (May 19) advocated by Ninghai County,  hospitality brand marketing of Shangdong Province and Expo-themed tour of Yangtze River Delta, are selected as the most influential "top ten tourist marketing events".

It is reported that this selection is the first of its kind in China for tourist marketing activities, and its aim is to encourage and support the development and innovations in China's tourist marketing field.

Since the beginning of the selection, the organizing committee has received over 220 distinctive marketing cases from more than 60 cities. In the awarding ceremony, the top ten most influential tourist marketing events in China and the most influential outstanding tourist marketing event were selected, and this leads to a successful conclusion for Ningbo Tourist Festival as well. It is said that this kind of selection will be continued on a biennial basis.

Present at the ceremony are Du Jiang, Vice-director of China Tourism Administration, Wang Jianman, Vice-governor of Zhejiang Province, Zhao Jinyong, Secretary of Zhejiang Tourism Bureau, Chen Xin, Deputy-secretary of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee, Ji Junmin, member of the standing committee of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of Ningbo Discipline Inspection Commission, Shi Xiaoguo, Vice-director of the Standing Committee of Ningbo People's Congress, Vice-mayor Xu Mingfu, and Chang Minyi, Vice Chairman of Ningbo Municipal People's Political Consultative Conference

Ningbo Selected as a Top Chinese Leisure City for 2011

Ningbo ranked eighth in the evaluation for Top Chinese Leisure City for the year 2011. According to the ranking list issued by CTLA on October 17th, 30 cities out of the 287 Chinese cities were the “2011Chinese Leisure Cities” and the top ten were the “2011 Top Chinese Leisure City”.  
“The 2011 Comprehensive Evaluation on the Development of Chinese Leisure City” is under special support of the National Tourism Administration of The People's Republic of China and sponsored by CTLA, Travel and Travel and China Travel and Leisure have opened websites for public vote, which has engaged voting of 1552693 netizens from March 28th to October 8th, 90% of which are effective.
The evaluation takes into account such indexes as population density, air quality, greenbelt area per capita, greenbelt area per capita, city road area per capita and disposal rate of domestic sewage and living garbage, etc.
Specifically the cities that have got the title as the “2011 Best Chinese Leisure City” are Qingdao, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Yantai, Sanya, Huangshan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qing Huangdao, and XI’an respectively.

Hong Kong becomes the largest outbound tourist market of Ningbo

The opening ceremony of Ningbo-HK Economic Cooperation Forum (2011) and also the tenth anniversary celebration were held on Oct. 24. From it we knew that from 2002 to 2011, tourism between the Ningbo and Hong Kong have been brisk and Hong Kong has become the largest outbound tourist market of Ningbo.
In the past ten years, Ningbo has deepened the bilateral tourism industry through many promotional initiatives. Last year, Ningbo received 158300 tourists from Hong Kong, 7 times more than the number of 2002. And the tourists from Ningbo to Hong Kong have increased from about 10000 to 98200, a growth of 9 times.
At present, the tourism cooperation has step into a booming period. In the past three quarters, we have received about 123 thousand guests from Hong Kong and about 60 thousand citizens of Ningbo toured to Hong Kong. Now, Hong Kong has become the second largest inbound tourist market after Taiwan, and the largest outbound tourist market of Ningbo.
To consolidate the present achievement, Ningbo has tailor-made touring itineraries for Hong Kong students on the forum. These itineraries include many cultural tourism resources of Ningbo characteristics such as Ningbo Port Museum, Baoguo Temple, Ningbo University, Tianyi Pavilion Museum and so on.

Excursion to Excursion to Hai Tian Yi Zhouand HZ Bay wetland park

Forall of you that did join and the ones that did miss the trip to the Hangzhou bay bridge tower "Hai Tian Yi Zhou' and the Wetland park, please find here the pictures and the video


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By Zhou Yiyi and Han Jing

Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park,

in northwestern Ningbo in the Hangzhou Bay New Area, has became a hot spot for bird lovers and zoologists interested in bird migration.

The land, a provincial wetland park, is one of China’s eight regional wetlands. The area of Hangzhou Bay Wetlands is expected to be about 2,700 meters long and 1,800 meters wide, with a total area of about 470 hectares, with 46 percent of the area being water.

The park is divided into four major functional areas, including a conservation area, functional display area, missionary service area and wetlands experience area.

“ The wetland park development and construction will be undertaken in two phases with a total planned investment of 552.6 million yuan ($86.5 million),” said Cen Bofeng, director of the wetland management center.

The Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park will be designed as a world-class famous spot for bird watching, combining the functions for species protection, development, research, tours, promotion and education.

Ningbo has unique bird resources with its location along the migratory channel of East Asian migratory birds, and the shoals provide abundant food.

“So far, the wetland park had registered 43 families, 186 kinds of birds, including 13 species of national key protected ones and nine species of vanishing birds listed on the IUCN World Conservation Union,” Cen said.

Cen added that all the plans are designed to better protect the original environment of the wetland park, focusing on the restoration of the original ecological system as much as possible.

Experts also said that although wetlands can drive the development of tourism of the new area and greatly enhance the popularity among tourists, promoting the ecological environment and living quality of the area, the construction work must be done in line with bird protection.
Some more info:
Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre consists of 43.5 km2, which comprises of three areas, including reclaimed artificial wetland, inter-tidal mud flats which are used by shore birds and ducks, and offshore sand islands. The 333.33 hectares wetland restoration project in the reclaimed land has been completed, including a 7110 m2 Environmental Education Centre and a 63 hectares Public Demonstration Area. The Centre was formally opened on June 18, 2010. Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre focuses on environmental education, ecological protection and wetland tourism. The centre plays an important and significance role in environmental education, promotion of low carbon living, development of eco-tourism and promoting economic sustainable development and coexistence of human being and nature. There is a plan to design a 1000 m2 exhibit on wetland within a Environmental Education Center in 2011, the target for annual visitors is 200,000. The CHBWC is located immediately to the west of the Hangzhou Bay Great Bridge in Cixi City, Zhejiang.

Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre is one of the eight coastal wetlands in China and is a mystifying and beautiful place with stunning and picturesque nature.

There are many types of wetlands in Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre, including inter-tidal mud flats, offshore sand islands, reclaimed artificial wetland and ponds.  Within the region, Andong tidal mud flat is listed as China National Important Wetlands. Because of plant species diversity and abundance of benthos, there are more than 170 species of migratory birds, many of them are endangered and rare species are attracted to this habitat and stop over here annually between East Asia Australasian flyway. The Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre is thus known as "bird paradise ".

The unique geographical location and good ecological environment of Hangzhou Bay Wetland Center has caught the attention of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). After several visits and study, GEF has selected Hangzhou Bay Wetland Center as the demonstration project for the reduction of land-based pollution sources in East Asian Seas. GEF has granted 4 million USD for the wetland restoration and build the center to be the international important wetlands and an international famous site for bird-watching.

Introduction to Hai Tian Yi Zhou:

The Hangzhou bay bridge has 72 meters. Hai Tian Yi Zhou is 36 meters away from the south of Hangzhou bay bridge. It is the only tourism tower at sea in the world. 145.6 meters high and 17 floors make it be the highest building in Hangzhou bay. Tourist could take the sightseeing elevator to the 16th floor, then take a walk to the 17th floor. There are bridge exhibit room, theme shopping store, café bar and restaurant inside of three floors. There’s a boutique hotel in the fifth floor, which has administrative bar and meeting room.


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