Wudalianchi Scenic Spots
Wudalianchi Scenic Spots is part of the Tentative list of China in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Wudalianchi are interconnected lakes formed after the eruption of the volcanoes of Laoheishan and Huoshaoshan in 1720–21. There are totally 14 volcanic cones in the Wudalianchi volcanic cluster. The volcanic cluster is a product of the repeated volcanic eruptions since the Pleistocene of Quaternary, giving rist to the rocks of volcanic cones and lava flow.
Map of Wudalianchi Scenic SpotsLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Spent two days in Wudalianchi last October 2010.
It is amazing to learn about the preparations the local government are doing for the WHS Convention next year. Along with Hangzhou West Lake, this wonderful place is China's bid for 2011 world heritage site.
I found out from the locals that a new airport is being constructed in this small city. A train station is also being built. Most travel books recommend taking transportation from Harbin (Heilongjiang Province capital) or Qiqihar or Daqing to get to Beian - the closest city to the scenic spots of Wudalianchi. Transportation from any of these three cities to Beian takes 4-5 hours; and then another hour from Beian station to the park itself. Hence, I can say that the distance of the park can be a hindrance to lure tourists.
But that said, the place is definitely worth the visit. IMHO, I also think it will best "represent" a Heilongjiang World Heritage Site, instead of the proposed germ warfare site in Harbin.
A guy from the local tourism bureau said that there are multiple areas being considered for inscription. I got to visit three: Longmen Stone Village, Laohei Volcano and Wenbo Volcanic Spring.
2011 Requested by State Party to not be examined
2001 Added to Tentative List
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