The Island of Science in Hefei, the capital of East China’s Anhui province, has been designated as one of China’s top ten science tourism destinations, according to a list released Tuesday.
The National Tourism Administration and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) worked together to select ten best scientific attractions from around the country based on criteria like environmental capacity, infrastructure and market potential.
The move is part of their effort to push supply-side reform in the tourism sector and promote the combination of tourism with science and technology.
Surrounded by Dongpu Reservoir, the isle is the seat of Hefei Institutes of Physical Science under the CAS.
In addition to the island, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunnan province, Nanjing Purple Mountain Observatory in Jiangsu Province and Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province were included on the list.
Also among the ten destinations are the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in Guizhou province, Beijing’s China Science and Technology Museum and the National Time Service Center in Shaanxi province.