Qinling National Botanic Garden Opens

2017-09-29 13:51:10 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

On Sept 27, Secretary Lou Qinjian of the CPC Shaanxi Provincial Committee and Governor Hu Heping listened to a report on vegetation & soil vertical distribution and wildlife protection of the Qinling Mountains at the Science Museum of Qinling National Botanical Garden.

On the morning of Sept 27, the opening ceremony of Qinling National Botanic Garden presided over by Vice Governor Feng Xinzhu was held in Zhouzhi County of Xi’an and Secretary Lou Qinjian inaugurated the opening ceremony and Governor Hu Heping delivered a speech. Qian Yin’an, member of the Standing Committee and Secretory General of the CPC Shaanxi Provincial Committee attended the ceremony and Peng Youdong, Deputy Director of State Forestry Administration of the PRC delivered a speech.

Located in the middle section of Qinling Mountains and with the planning area of 639 square meters, the Qinling National Botanic Garden is a large comprehensive botanic garden co-built by State Forestry Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Xi’an Municipal People’s Government. Constructed upon the approval from Shaanxi Provincial Government in 2007, the Garden is one of the 5 key botanic gardens approved by CAS and the largest garden of its kind in China. With varied landforms, distinct climate vertical change and wide biological diversity, the Garden inhabits 1641 kinds of plants. The natural and historical & cultural landscapes such as virgin forests, grand crayons, waterfalls and ancient plank roads are well-preserved.

Hu Heping mentioned that in the recent years, upon the instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping, Shaanxi has revised the regulations on ecological and environmental protection in Qinling Mountains and adopted the strictest law and regulations. Oriented by priority protection principle, the Qinling Mountains have been categorized into the banned development area, restricted development area and moderate development area. Through multiple protection measures of special inspection, environment supervision and joint law enforcement, the protection work in Qinling Mountains has achieved remarkable results. The opening of Qinling National Botanic Garden is a symbol of ecological civilization construction and supply side structural reform in Shaanxi, which will promote the protection and research of Qinling Mountains and the integrated development of tourism and forest industry to better meet the people’s increasing demand on forest tourism and leisure experience. Oriented by ecological protection and focused on cooperation and tourism, the Garden will show the beauty of Qinling Mountains and usher in a new era for Shaanxi scenic area protection through efficient management and excellent service.

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