Novel park provides exciting experience
December 19, 2006 2:43am CST
The Shishan Geopark is located in a well-known dormant volcanic zone, 15 kilometres southwest of downtown Haikou, capital of South China's Hainan Province. It is one of the few volcano clusters that were active in China 10,000 years ago. The park has seen increasing popularity in recent months after the Ministry of Land and Resources designated it as a national geopark on January 7. Since then, the number of visitors to the park has tripled to more than 1,000 on a daily basis. During the latest Spring Festival, the park received about 3,000 visitors a day. Despite the rising number of tourists, the park's service and quality of tourism facilities remain guaranteed, according to the park's authorities. "We haven't received any complaints from the visitors this year," said a park official. The visitors' satisfaction is a result of careful preparations. Efforts were made to renovate existing facilities and add new scenic spots. The newly added scenic spots include venues for exhibiting volcanic remains and holding folk art performances as well as a garden. In the new outdoor exhibition zone, more than 100 large volcanic rocks of different kinds are on display.