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Urumiqi Geographic Center of Asian Continent starts welcoming visitors

Updated: 2009-07-19
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The Geographic Center of Asian Continent starts from Friday a ten-day free visit to all tourists both from home and abroad.

 

Soundbite: Li Jie, Xinhua correspondent “This is the Geographic Center of Asian Continent in the northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. On July 17,the “Asia Center”started a 10-day free visit.”

 

The Asian Center is about 30 miles far away from Urumqi, capital city of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

 

The free-visit activity aims to welcome the Xinjiang Filer Gala which has been delayed due to the July 5 riots in Urumqi.

 

The Geographic Center of Asian Continent was demarcated by Xinjiang Institute of Geography of Chinese Academy of Science.

 

It centered with a tower which is made up of four square upright pillars. The four sides of the center are all in the shape of the letter “A”, originating from the first letter of the word “Asia”, indicating the center of Asia.

 

The free visit of the Asian Center has attracted tourists all across the nation.

 

Soundbite: Zhang Jie, Urumqi citizen “I took a photo here in the Geographic Center of Asian Continent. We didn’t feel anything unusual after the July 5 riots. It’s quite safe. I saw the armed police passing by and felt very safe.”

 

Soundbite: Wang Lifang, tourist from Xiamen of south China's Fujian province “It’s quite safe. I was a little bit worried before I came here. Seeing policemen around and security checks on every road-crossing, I feel quite safe and spent two days in Xinjiang.

 

The Geographic Center of Asian Continent is the major development tourist attraction in Urumqi.

 

Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Urumqi.

 

SOURCE: Xinhua

 

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