Tour at nuclear plant helps to dispel public fears in Guangdong

14:20, April 02, 2011      

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A guide for tourists visiting Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong posted by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPG) on Friday has attracted wide attentions among Chinese netizens.

In response to some netizens' questions, CGNPG explained in a micro-blog post that the tour guide is aimed at dispelling public fears over nuclear radiation and disseminating scientific knowledge rather than promoting tourism.

Tour groups only

According to the guidebook, the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant is only open to tour groups from Monday to Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

It said teachers can book tours for their students. Communities, environmental protection organizations, and other social groups can visit the nuclear plant with a minimum group size of 10 people. In addition, travel agencies can also reserve a tour for groups of 20 to 25 people.

In order to ensure the plant's normal operations, tour groups must make reservations three days in advance and provide a name list of tourists as well as their license plate numbers and valid ID card numbers.

Visitors do not need to wear protective clothing

The tour guide fee is 30 yuan for each person in the group. The trip includes visits to areas overlooking the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant as well as the sightseeing platform of the Ling Ao Nuclear Power Plant, Binhai Revenue of the Daya Bay Base, the quays for material transport and the exhibition hall of the publicity center.

A staff member said that the tourist sites are on the periphery of the nuclear power station, excluding the workshops of the power plant, and visitors will not need to wear protective clothing during the trip.

The move is aimed at dismissing public concerns rather than developing tourism

In response to questions raised by some netizens, CGNPG said, "The company released the industrial tourism guide in order to dismiss public concerns and popularize scientific knowledge rather than to develop tourism. Many common people are not familiar with nuclear power stations and are curious about what a power station really looks like. The company has developed industrial tourism for years and now is just reminding the public of the proper ways to visit the power plant. If there are too many visitors to the power plant, the tourism will affect its normal operations."

An officer at the nuclear power plant said that the industrial tourism began as early as 2006, and they have received more inquires and bookings since the tourist guide was released online.

By Zhang Hongyu, People's Daily Online

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