World’s largest telescope in Guizhou attracts huge number of tourists

Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017

World’s largest telescopeGuizhou is the quietest tourist site in China, with no phones, cameras and cars allowed inside. Even planes have been rerouted to avoid disturbance. In spite of all this, it attracts thousands of tourists. Since it began operations in September last year, the world’s largest radio telescope, located in the southwestern province of Guizhou, has received 240,000 tourists.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is a single-dish telescope, with a diameter of half a kilometer. Nearly 10,000 residents living in the core zone, within five kilometers of the telescope, have been relocated.

With an investment of 1.2 billion Yuan (about 188 million U.S. dollars), the telescope has also created a boom in tourism for the county, which is home to around 330,000 people.
An astronomical and cultural park is being extended. New theaters and exhibition centers will open before the National Day holiday in October, according to Shi Bangze, the Director of the county tourism bureau.

The county has directed a daily cap of 2,000 visitors within the core area. Most travellers to this region come on weekends and holidays.

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