The mountainous province of Guizhou in south-west China is hoping to promote its technological attractions, a large radio telescope and a series of high-level bridges, to lure more foreign visitors.
Leading a 40-strong tourism delegation to Europe, the deputy governor of Guizhou, Lu Yongzheng, said they were looking to promote the 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which opened in September 2016.
The surrounding landscape near Xingyi City, Guizhou Province
The world's largest telescope, FAST is located in an area unaffected by man-made light and the visitor-viewing platform currently under construction will soon enable astronomy-based tours at the facility.
In a presentation to the Spanish travel trade in Madrid, Lu related that the province will also promote a series of new high-level bridges that were built specifically to open up the remote province. “We now have five of the 10 highest bridges in the world, including the first, third and fourth,” he said.
The improved accessibility will also help to open up Guizhou to eco-conscious tourists, especially from longhaul markets such as Germany and Switzerland, Li pointed out. “Up to now we have paid more attention to tourism from mainland China and South-east Asia,” he added.
Guizhou Tourism Development Commission's director general, Li San Qi, believes that these attractions will enhance the province's image as a destination home to natural landscapes and diverse ethnic groups. He told TTG Asia: “This new infrastructure provides a very different experience for visitors. We want to combine this technology with the beautiful scenic areas we have."