Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Guizhou Province in Southwest China wants to spend 5 billion Yuan (725 million U.S. dollars) for turning the world’s largest radio telescope into a tourist resort. A total of 13 projects have been planned, under which there will be a learning center on radio astronomy, geological park detailing the karst landscape and a sci-fi-themed hotel, where the Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is located.
FAST is the world’s largest single-dish telescope with a diameter of a half kilometer. It is located at the Dawodang depression, a natural karst basin in Pingtang, a once impoverished area in mountainous Guizhou. The telescope became operational last September and currently sees around 2,000 visitors a day.
There is no fee for visiting the same. To quote an official, “Making use of current public attention to the FAST, the province will build a resort devoted to astronomy and geology to bring economic development to Pingtang County and its surrounding area.”