HOHHOT, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The Arxan UNESCO Global Geopark, China's 34th such geopark, was inaugurated Sunday in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Aerial photo taken on Dec. 9, 2018 shows cows drinking in the Halha River in Arxan, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Photo: Xinhua)
The Arxan geopark demonstrates the most complete and largest volcanic clusters in Asia, which officially received the Global Geopark label in May 2017 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The park covers about 3,653 square km, and is famous for its landscapes formed by solidified lava, crater lakes, primeval forests and hot springs.
Continued efforts will be carried out in developing branding strategies and protecting the geopark following the experience from home and abroad, said Li He, mayor of the city of Arxan at the ceremony.
UNESCO Global Geoparks are territories that promote geodiversity through community-led initiatives to enhance regional sustainable development and help monitor and promote awareness of climate change and natural disasters.