Text Version
RSS Feeds
Newsletter
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  SERVICES
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -Newsletter
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
 -
 -
China's satellite launch center open to tourists for free
+ -
18:39, September 24, 2008

 Related News
 Typhoon Hagupit eases to severe tropical storm after lashing S China
 Shandong's first solar energy tunnel to open
 Over 700 diary companies submit letter of guarantee
 China maintains contact with food security authorities in relevant countries and regions
 Federation: Chinese women play more important role in politics
 Related Channel News
· Shenzhou-7, China's 3rd Manned Space Mission
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, where the country's third manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 is due to blast off, is open to all tourists from home and abroad free of charge, said an official with the center on Wednesday.

Any ordinary tourist can visit the center for free if an application is filed and approved and that room and board is self-covered, deputy director Yu Bencheng of the center told Xinhua.

The center is open to tourists all the year around except when important missions are carried out, while overseas visitors need the approval of government foreign affairs departments to enter the area, said Yu.

He dismissed the rumors on the Internet about the center charging tourists and journalists covering the Shenzhou-7 mission, saying the center had never made commercial use of its growing attraction to tourists.

Located in northwest China's Gansu Province, the launch base and its host city Jiuquan have become a popular destination among space fans since the country launched its first manned spaceship there in 2003.

Visits to the center were suspended from the middle of August and would resume after the launch of the Shenzhou-7, said Yu.

"The center now has no extra energy to accept tourists because of the intensity of the Shenzhou-7 space mission," he said. "Besides, it's necessary to strengthen controls as the rocket and the spacecraft have already entered the launch base."

Established in 1958 and 210 km away from the Jiuquan city's downtown, the launch center started to open to the public in 1986.

Source: Xinhua



  Your Message:   Most Commented:
China's 3rd Manned Space Mission
Why some Western media scared of reportage on true China
US-India nuclear agreement going through bottleneck
Scientists start experiment to recreate Big Bang
EU wants to be more equal to Washington

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6505591.pdf