On July 9th 2011, the Second Zhongguancun Science and Education Tourism Festival invited more than 1,300 Beijing residents and tourists to participate in 8 planned travel itineraries. Through these itineraries participants had the opportunity to witness the current state of development in China’s high-technology industries, and promote cultural and scientific tourism in Beijing’s Haidian District.
eBeijing’s volunteers participated in one of these itineraries, which included a visit to the Beijing Aquarium, Beijing Planetarium as well as an exclusive viewing of the Chinese Academy of Science Computer Network Information Center (this facility is typically not open to the public).
The Experience Tour started from the Beijing Aquarium, the world’s largest inland aquarium, near Beijing Zoo. The tour integrates marine animals viewing, scientific education and a dolphin performance in a half-day visit.
The second stop was Beijing Planetarium, one of Beijing’s most popular attractions to popularize astronomy.
During a visit to the China Internet Network Information Center, the visitors received an overview of the rapid development of the internet and information service in China.
"We had a great time and I’ve never experienced anything like it before. It’s really good fun,” said Catherine from the Exeter University.
This is just one of the 8 routes designed for the Zhongguancun Science and Education Tourism Festival.
Other routes include visits to revolutionary sites, higher-learning institutes, high-tech enterprises as well as energy-saving research centers in Haidian District.
Visitors who are interested in these tourism products can contact 10 designated tour agencies to kick off a trip