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China's first underwater museum unveiled
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20:28, May 20, 2009

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In order for future generations to admire cultural relics, China invested 200 million yuan to build the Baiheliang Underwater Museum and it is now open to tourists.

The Baiheliang stone inscriptions site is located in the Yangtze River, north of Fuling district Chongqing, the upper reaches of the Three Gorges Dam area. It is the only key cultural relic among the Three Gorges cultural relics under state-level protection. It is praised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the world's only well-preserved ancient hydrological site.

The construction of the Three Gorges Project, however, resulted in the Baiheliang site to be submerged under water forever.

The entire protection project consists of four parts-the underwater museum, a connecting passageway, an underwater anti-collision pier and an exhibition hall on land. The underwater museum is a protection shield built on the original site of the Baiheliang stone inscriptions.

By People's Daily Online

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