Dapeng geopark draws weekend crowds
2013-December-31 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Almost 10,000 people visited Shenzhen Dapeng Peninsula Geopark over the weekend, the park management office said.

The new park opened Thursday in eastern Shenzhen.

More than 7,000 individual visitors and five groups made trips to the park’s geology museum, which is home to more than 500 exhibits, including precious minerals and fossils.

“Many visitors drove to the park from outside Shenzhen,” an unidentified park employee said.

An unidentified visitor praised the park’s facilities.

“I was worried about getting lost before climbing Qi’niang Mountain in the park. But directional signs on the hiking paths are very clear. There are also solar-powered lamps and charging equipment,” the visitor said, according to yesterday’s Shenzhen Economic Daily.

The park’s two main hiking paths are also known as “geological relic survey routes.”

One of the paths is 3.3 kilometers long and leads to the main peak of Qi’niang Mountain, the second-tallest mountain in Shenzhen, after Wutong Mountain. Hikers can see volcanic rocks and rare plants along the path.

The other path is about 6 kilometers long and stretches from Yangmeikeng in the west to Luzui in the east. Highlights include coastal landforms and a wetland reserve.

Some visitors said they were impressed by detailed bilingual explanations of geological resources along the hiking paths.

Park managers are asking visitors to refrain from picking flowers or other plants, and from picking up or throwing decorative cobblestones, which reportedly was a problem among some children over the weekend.

(Martin Li)

Get there

By car: Shenzhen Eastern Coastal Expressway to Yanba Expressway to Dapeng

By bus: E11, H92, 818 or 833

Editor: 张斯
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